The consecration of the grand temple of Lord Shri Ram is going to be completed in Ayodhya on 22 January 2024. After a long struggle of last 500 years, Shri Ram Lala is going to come out of the tent and reside in the historic grand Shri Ram temple. The atmosphere of the entire country has become filled with joy. Tremendous enthusiasm is visible not only among the citizens of India but also among the citizens of many other countries who have faith in Sanatan Dharma. Large size hoardings of Lord Shri Ram have been installed in many big cities of America. In a way, new energy is being transmitted throughout the world. Today, this is a historic and proud moment for Sanatani Hindus because the temple of Lord Shri Ram has been a cultural heritage for Indians for centuries and now again the temple of Lord Shri Ram is being given its rightful place as a cultural heritage. During the last 500 years, lakhs of Indians have sacrificed their lives for this.
Since 2014, the work of beautifying cultural heritage in India is being done very successfully. The proof of this is visible today in the form of a grand temple of Lord Shri Ram. Similar efforts have also been made to develop other cultural heritages of India. Keeping in mind that the harsh weather should not become a hindrance for the devotees going on the pilgrimage to Baba Amarnath, the Central Government is constructing a 110 kilometer long road till the Baba Amarnath cave, which also includes an 11 kilometer long tunnel. . Till now, it used to take about 3 days to travel from Srinagar to Baba Amarnath Cave, but after this newly developed road, it will take only between 8 to 9 hours. Similarly, currently the devotees going on the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar have to go through China or Nepal, but now there will be no need to go to China or Nepal to go on the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar because the Central Government has decided to go to Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. An 80 kilometer long road is being constructed directly from the route to Kailash Mansarovar. 90 percent work of this road construction has been completed and the remaining 10 percent construction work is also likely to be completed in the year 2024.
After developing Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi and Mahakal Lok Corridor in Ujjain, now the grand Banke Bihari Corridor is being developed in Mathura. Allahabad High Court has approved the construction of a corridor around the Banke Bihari Temple. After the construction of this corridor, about 50,000 devotees will be able to visit Banke Bihari temple every day. Three different routes are being built in this newly developed corridor. The first route will start from Jugalghat, the second route will start from Vidyapeeth intersection and the third route will start from Jadaun parking and reach Banke Bihari Temple.
Maa Kamakhya Devi Temple, located on Nilanchal mountain, about 8 kilometers from Gauhati in Assam, is also being rejuvenated. Every year lakhs of devotees come to visit the temple of Maa Kamakhya Devi. Maa Kamakhya Corridor is being developed for the convenience of these devotees. One lakh square feet area will be available in this new corridor, which will facilitate the devotees to have darshan of Maa Kamakhya Devi.
In the state of Uttar Pradesh, along with Prabhu Shri Ram Mandir and Banke Bihari Corridor, Maa Vidhyavasini Corridor is being developed in Mirzapur at a cost of Rs 331 crore. This is also the dream project of Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The 50 feet wide and 2 storey parikrama place is ready. There is every hope that Maa Vindhyavasini Corridor will be completely ready in the year 2024 itself.
Today, lakhs of devotees go to the court of Maa Vaishno Devi every year to have darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi. In order to make the pilgrimage to Maa Vaishno Devi easier for these devotees, the 670 km long Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway is being constructed. Many places of Sikhism falling on the route of this expressway are also being connected. Before the construction of this expressway, the journey from Delhi to Amritsar which used to take 8 hours will now take only 4 hours after the construction of this expressway. Similarly, the journey from Delhi to Katra which earlier took 15 hours will now take only 6 hours. After the construction of this expressway, devotees of Mata Vaishno Devi will be able to have darshan of Mata Rani very comfortably.
Similarly, the Central Government is also going to provide accessible routes to the devotees going on Char Dham Yatra of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath which can withstand the vagaries of weather. With the aim of making this Char Dham Yatra accessible to the devotees, 899 kilometers of road is being developed at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore. Two tunnels, 15 bridges, 18 passenger service centers and 13 by-passes are being developed in this road route.
A new Pamban Bridge is being developed near Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu as an excellent example of engineering by Indians. The specialty of this Pamban Bridge is that when the train passes through this route, it will lay the railway track and when a ship or steamer passes under this bridge, the bridge will rise so that the steamer can pass through this route. The new Pamban Bridge will prove to be a boon for the devotees who want to visit Rameshwaram Dhanushkoti.
This should be considered a very good news for the citizens who have faith in Sanatan Hindu religion that the dream of visiting Maa Sharda Peeth located in the area occupied by Pakistan can also be fulfilled soon. Recently, the assembly of the Pakistan occupied area has passed a proposal to build a corridor for devotees coming from India to the 5,000 year old Maa Sharda Peeth. While inaugurating the Maa Sharda Temple located in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2023, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah had also said that in the future, the Government of India will make efforts to open a corridor for Maa Sharda Peeth in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Will be done.
Retired Deputy General Manager
state Bank of India