Kashi Vishwanath Corridor: Mega Facelift Of Indian Pride

Today, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has achieved what could not be accomplished in a thousand years. He has paved the way for the rejuvenation of Indian pride — after a wait of almost 400 years. Kashi Vishwanath Dham is an example of his determination. The glory of Baba Vishwanath, a victim of the cruelty and destruction by the Mughal rulers, has been revived in the form of Kashi Vishwanath Dham.

The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor mega facelift project built across 550,000 sq. ft comprises 24 buildings that include an emporium, a museum, a sacred kitchen, a Vedic library, a centre to store ancient scriptures, a city gallery, and a food court – all built around the temple that serves as one of the nerve centres of the Hindu faith, attracting seven million pilgrims annually. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor project in Varanasi connects the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the ghats along the river Ganga.The project is aimed at ensuring easy movement of pilgrims and devotees between the ghats and the temple. Earlier, they had to pass through congested streets to reach the temple.More than 40 ancient temples were rediscovered during the work on the project. They were restored while ensuring there is no change in the original structure.

A survey by the architects found that more than 300 properties around the temple had to be removed for the construction of the Dham. UP Government bought 320 houses at a price above the market price. The objective of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham was to give architectural shape by integrating features in the identified area; so, ancient temples were renovated with a focus on mythological, religious, spiritual, cultural and architectural aesthetics. Conversation on revamping the Kashi Vishwanath temple complex began as early as 1916, when Mahatma Gandhi visited the area and expressed anger over the filth strewn on the streets. Gandhiji wanted the surroundings clean, and entire surroundings to exude spirituality. In a way, Gandhiji’s vision is being realised now.

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