On December 13, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, in the presence of people who have been displaced as a result of the project.
With just a few months before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the project’s launch is significant in terms of cultural politics for the state.
According to BJP sources, at least 400 families have been asked to leave the area, with many encroachments around the historic temple cleared to make way for the project, which encapsulates the vision of Ahalya Bai Holkar, the Holkar queen of Indore, who created a series of temples and vistas leading up to the Ganga ghat.
“Over the years, houses, apartments, and other structures erected themselves around the temple, obscuring the whole picture.” It has been renovated as part of the project. “Those who were displaced have been compensated and will be present at the inauguration event,” a source stated.
The project includes a 320-meter-long and 20-meter-wide paved walkway that links the shrine to the Ganga’s ghats. It will also have a museum, a library, a pilgrim facilitation centre, and a Mumuksha Bhawan (salvation house).
The celebration would include the presence of the main ‘archakas’ of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ (of which Kashi is one), as well as water from all major rivers throughout the nation for the ‘abhishek’ of the main deity Baba Vishwanath, according to Shashi Kumar, chairman of the U.P. BJP’s social media cell (Lord Shiva).
“The celebration will include a music and laser performance highlighting the history of the temple, as well as its recurrent restoration from devastation,” he told “The Ganga ghats will be lighted up in the manner of ‘Dev Dipawali.'”
Mr. Modi’s initiative is significant, and it is estimated to cost about 600 crores (roughly) when it was announced in March 2018. The purchase of land and structures surrounding the temple complex, as well as relocation compensation, cost an estimated 300 crore.
Source: The Hindu