Kashi Vishwanath Corridor: A look at the project that combines history with future

Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in the northern Indian city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh is a dream project of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Upon completion, the project is expected to transform the area around Kashi Vishwanath and make a major difference in the ancient city.

Let's take a look at some pictures of the newly renovated corridor:

'Holiest' temple

In India, there are many Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, but Kashi Vishwanath Temple is perhaps one of the most famous. Located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, the Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, or the holiest of Shiva Temples, located on the western bank of the river Ganga.


Crowds won't be a problem anymore

The temple, till now, was ensconced in the tiny lanes of Varanasi and access to the same was invariably a problem -- especially on special occasions when the crowds swelled. The temple lacked direct visibility from the Ganga River.

The 20-25 feet wide corridor that was formally inaugurated on Monday, will connect Lalita Ghat on the Ganga to the Mandir Chowk in the temple premises.

Devotees can take a dip in the Indian holy river and offer prayers to Lord Shiva in the temple from there itself.


Massive upgrade in terms of space

In total, the project covers approximately 500,000 square feet, whereas earlier premises were only around 3000 square feet. 

A total of about 70 per cent of the project's area is reserved for green cover.


Phase 1 inaugurated

Today (13th December), Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated phase 1 of the project, built at a cost of a little over USD 44 million (INR 339 crore). Twenty-three buildings have been inaugurated, including the Tourist Facilitation Centre, Mumukshu Bhavan, the Bhogshala, the City Museum, and the Viewing Gallery.

We may have to wait a few more weeks until some of these phase 1 projects are open to the public.


A boost to tourism

The city's improved infrastructure is expected to boost tourism in the city and in the region, which includes the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sarnath.


Blessings of saints

According to reports, the inauguration event was attended by nearly 3,000 saints, seers, and dignitaries.


Ancient values guiding the future

Speaking after the inauguration, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Vishwanath Dham is a testament of India's culture and ancient history. It is a testament to the fact that how our ancient values are guiding us towards our future."

"When you come here, you will not see only faith. You will also feel the glory of your past here. You will see how pracheenta (ancient) and naventa (modern) come alive together. This whole new complex of Vishwanath Dham is not just a grand building. This is a symbol of the Sanatan culture of our India!"


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