Varanasi । Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the ambitious ‘Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Vistarikaran-Saundarayakaran Yojana’.
He kick-started the proposed project by putting five bricks with the name of the temple inscribed on it in the presence of Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey.
हर हर महादेव!
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2019
The Prime Minister also offered prayers, at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. He addressed the gathering at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, after a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony. He said that he is indeed blessed, to be associated with the project of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. He complimented the officers involved with the project, for performing their task with devotion. He thanked all the people who had property around the temple, and have allowed its acquisition for the project.
He said the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has survived the vicissitudes of centuries. He recalled and praised Queen Ahilyabai Holkar for her work on the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, over two centuries ago. Since then, not much thought had been given by those in power, to the entire area around the Temple. About 40 Temples near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, had been encroached over time, and have now been freed of that encroachment. Entire Temple complex is now in the process of rejuvenation, and the results are becoming visible.
Prime Minister Modi also mentioned that direct link is being established between the River Ganga, and Kashi Vishwanath Temple, this project would give a new global identity to Kashi.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple Extension and Beautification Plan would be rolled out in four phases. According to officials work will soon begin on the 40,000 square metre corridor.