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A statue of the Maratha queen, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar, who got the Kashi Vishwanath temple reconstructed in 1777, will be installed at Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor

A statue of the Maratha queen, Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar, who got the Kashi Vishwanath temple reconstructed in 1777, will be installed at Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor that is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 13.

The temple complex will also have statues of Aadi Shankaracharya, Bharat Mata and Lord Kartikeya.

According to Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agrawal, "The process for restoration of idols of Goddess Parvati, Goddess Annapurna, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Lord Satyanarayan in the KV temple premises has been started by installing prefabricated temples there."

Agrawal further said, "The process of installing statues of Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar, Adi Shankaracharya, Bharat Mata and Lord Kartikeya has also been started. The statue of Adi Shankaracharya will be installed at KV Dham's entry point near the ghat along the Ganga."

The statue of Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar will be installed near the tourist facilitation centre, while Bharat Mata's statue will be mounted near Mandir Chowk. The statue of Lord Kartikeya is being installed near KVT. Each statue is 6.5 ft tall and will be installed on stone pedestals.

Since its construction by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in 1977, the Kashi Vishwanath temple, considered among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is witnessing massive renovation and development for the first time.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in November 2018 had asked the authorities to ensure that the statue of Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar is installed as a tribute to her for rebuilding KVT in 1777 after it was destroyed in the Mughal period.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also paid tributes to Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar and paved the way for developing facilities for hassle-free visit of pilgrims to the shrine.

Keywords: India, Kashi Temple, Ahilyabai Holkar, Narendra Modi


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor that connects the Ganga River to the Kashi Vishwanath temple on December 13.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor that connects the Ganga River to the Kashi Vishwanath temple on December 13.

According to Shri Kashi Vishwanath Special Area Development Board chief executive officer, Sunil Verma, "Nearly 24 buildings along the corridor have been constructed and finishing touches were being given to the corridor that will be fully ready by the second week of December."

Shlokas and Vedic hymns are being carved on the walls of the buildings along the corridor, which is estimated to be worth nearly Rs 1,000 crore.

Built over 5.5 lakh square feet, the corridor has decongested the temple complex, which was earlier surrounded by buildings on three sides.

An over 7,000 square metre temple platform for meditation for 10,000 people, seven grand entrance gates, a cafeteria, a food court, a Vedic and spiritual library, a virtual gallery, tourist centre, a multi-purpose hall, and a security hall are part of the corridor project. A special sky beam light system has also been installed along the corridor.

Modi had laid the foundation of the corridor in March 2019.

Over 300 buildings were purchased and demolished to create the space for the project.

The Uttar Pradesh government constituted the board to expedite the work on it.

Over seven million devotees and tourists visit the temple annually while over 10,000 devotees, mostly from Varanasi and the adjoining areas, visit it daily. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Inauguration of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi, Narendra Modi.


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