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14th December 2022 (5 Topics)

Rejuvenation of India’s civilisational heritage


India boasts of a rich culture, tradition and legacy while celebrating diversity and embracing plurality. While the focus of the government is on building "Brand India" the emphasis falls upon Spiritual Tourism too.

Important Projects

  • Somnath temple: The Somnath temple is one of the most sacred 12 jyotirlingas that means 'Lord of Moon’. Somanath is located at the confluence of the Saraswati, Hiranya and Kapila rivers which is called the Triveni Sangam. It is the first of the jyotirlingas and known to be a place where Lord Shiva manifested.
  • Kashi Vishwanath Corridor: The Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor projectin Varanasi connects the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the ghats along the river Ganga.
  • Char Dham Pariyojana: Having started in December 2016, it aims to widen 900 km of highways and links all four Dhams – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. 
  • PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive) project: It is a cluster of six projects aimed at spiritually linking the major pilgrimage sites and temples in the Northeast.
  • The ancient Tirtha-Kshetra of Kamakhya temple in Assam is receiving an enormous facelift. 
  • Swadesh Darshan scheme: The scheme aims to thoroughly reboot our tourism infrastructure spread over 76 projects across India, and 50 projects have already been completed this year. These include theme-based trains for pilgrims among other things – the Ramayana circuit train comes to mind.
  • Harappan site of Dholavira: On the academic level, the ancient Harappan site of Dholavira has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
  • Statues: The installation of the statues of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda I and Ramanujacharya, 108-foot statue of Lord Hanuman in Morbi, Gujarat, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Hologram statue.
  • Mahakal Lok Corridor project in Ujjain, MP: The corridor is more than 900-metre-long and is one of the largest such corridors in the country. It's built around famous Hindu temple of Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 'jyotirlingas' in India. It spreads around the old Rudrasagar Lake which has also been revived as part of the redevelopment project.
  • Triveni Museum, Ujjain: It is a newly-constructed museum that exhibits various artifacts that were discovered during the excavations. There are several artifacts that date back to the period between 6th-9th centuries and a majority of them belongs to the Hindu religious figurines like Lord Shiva & Lord Vishnu.
  • The reconstruction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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