PM Inaugurates Kashi Vishwanath Corridor

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  • Prime Minister inaugurated the  400­ metre­ long Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi connecting the ancient temple to the western banks of the Ganges, facilitating the pilgrims and devotees of Baba Vishwanath, to practice the age ­old custom of taking a dip in the holy river, collecting Gangajal, and offering it at the temple on 13 December.
  • The ₹800-crore project started with Mr. Modi laying the foundation stone on March 8, 2019 
  • While the first phase, the gateway to the Ganges, would be opened on 13 December by the Prime Minister, and in the second phase the steps going down and the ghat would take another two months to complete.
  • The project cost is Rs 339 Crores and is spread over a massive area of about  5 lakh square feet.
  • More than 40 ancient temples have been rediscovered, restored, and beautified.
  • The architect of the project is Mr. Bimal Patel.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva often referred to as Shri Vishwanath and Vishweshwara, literally meaning Lord of the Universe. It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in India. 

The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva Temples. The 12 Jyotirlingas are -

  • Somnath in Gir, Gujarat
  • Mallikarjuna in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
  • Omkareshwar in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
  • Baidyanath in Deoghar, Jharkhand
  • Bhimashankar in Maharashtra
  • Ramanathaswamy in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
  • Nageshwar in Dwarka, Gujarat
  • Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, Maharashtra
  • Kedarnath in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
  • Ghrishneshwar in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Varanasi city was called Kashi in ancient times, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishwanath Temple. 

Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Since 1983, the temple has been managed by the government of Uttar Pradesh.

During the religious occasion of Shivratri, Kashi Naresh (King of Kashi) is the chief officiating priest.

Architect - Bimal Patel

He received the Padma Shri Award for his contributions in the fields of Architecture and Planning in 2019.

Significant projects-

  • Central Vista Project
  • Kashi Vishwanath Corridor
  • Sabarmati Riverfront
  • Gujarat High Court
  • Bhuj Development

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