- He also inaugurated Somnath exhibition centrem and reconstructed temple precinct and laid the foundation stone for Parvati Mata temple
Gir Somnath: The much-awaited Somnath seaside promenade was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday via video conference. He also inaugurated other infrastructural projects and laid the foundation stone for a temple
The temple represents the identity of new India, he added, thanking all members of Somnath trust and devotees across the world who made it possible.
The Somnath Promenade has been developed under PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) Scheme at a total cost of over Rs 47 crore.
“From Somnath and Nageshwar in the west to Baidyanath in the east, from Baba Kedarnath in the north to Shri Rameshwar in the south, the 12 Jyortilingas of India connect the whole country,” said Modi.
On the occasion, Modi also inaugurated the Somnath Exhibition Centre and the reconstructed temple precinct of the old temple. He also laid the foundation stone of the Parvati Mata temple in the temple complex.
The exhibition centre, developed in the premises of Tourist Facilitation Centre, displays the exhibits from dismantled parts of the old temple and its sculptures having Nagar style temple architecture.
The reconstructed temple precinct has been completed by Shree Somnath Trust with a total outlay of Rs 3.5 crore. This temple is also referred to as Ahilyabai Temple since it was built by Queen Ahilyabai of Indore, when she found that the old temple was in ruins. The entire old temple complex has been redeveloped for the safety of pilgrims and with augmented capacity.
The Parvati Temple is proposed to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore.
Modi also said that Gujarat would play an integral role in connecting India’s tourism with the world, adding the more projects related to tourism and hospitality would be taken up.
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani, Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel and others were part of the conference.
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