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PM Modi inagurates 1st phase of Kashi Viswanath Dham Project amid Vedic hymns and mantras

Prime minister Narendra Modi today launched the first phase of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi amid chanting of Vedic hymns and ‘shlokas’ hailing

Prime minister Narendra Modi today launched the first phase of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi amid chanting of Vedic hymns and ‘shlokas’ hailing Lord Shiva and recalled the ancient glory of the town saying that the renovated Temple would enable the devotees to have a glimpse of the glorious past of the country.

Clad in saffron clothes, Modi performed the rituals in the presence of a large number of saints from across the country after paying obeisance at the famous Kaal Bhairav temple in the city. He had carried the holy waters from the Ganga and offered the same on the Shivalingam. He took a dip in the Ganga and also offered water to the Sun and puja of the holy river.

 There were shouts of ‘Bum Bum Bhole’ from the crowds as Modi’s cavalcade passed through on way to the Kashi Vishwanath Dham. Speaking after launching the Kashi Vishwanath Dham, which was spread over five lakh square feet and is equipped with all modern facilities for the devotees, PM Modi said that the Dham was an example of the confluence of the ancient and the modern.

He said that Kashi (the old name of Varanasi) had been home to several iconic personalities, who enlightened the world with their wisdom. The prime minister said that despite efforts to destroy Kashi, the city had moved on and had been able to preserve its rich culture.

The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project, whose foundation stone had been laid by the prime minister in March 2019, has a Vedic library, meditation platforms, virtual Vedic gallery, a cafeteria, food court and other facilities for the pilgrims. An estimated Rs. 1000 crore has been spent on the Project.

The launching, which came barely a few months ahead of the next assembly polls, was turned into a mega event by the Uttar Pradesh government, which invited thousands of seers and saints from different parts of the country for the grand inauguration.

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First Published: 13th December, 2021 21:32 IST

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