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Foundation stone for the development of Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple laid

Foundation stone for the development project of Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple at Dongargarh in Chhattisgarh was laid by the Union Minister of State (IC) for Tourism & Culture Mr Prahlad Singh Patel virtually yesterday.

The project was approved under PRASHAD Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism with an estimated cost of Rs. 43.33 Cr in October, 2020.  The project includes works for development of pilgrimage infrastructure at ‘Pilgrimage Activity Center’ with a Shri Yantra shaped iconic building, development of steps, sheds, walkway, area illumination, lakefront, parking with other public amenities for the Maa Bamleshwari Devi Temple and the pilgrimage amenities at Pragyagiri.

The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) is a Central Sector Scheme fully financed by the Government of India launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15 with the objective of integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations.  The scheme aimed at infrastructure development such as entry points (Road, Rail and Water Transport), last mile connectivity, basic tourism facilities like Information/ Interpretation Centers, ATM/ Money exchange, eco-friendly modes of transport, area Lighting and illumination with renewable sources of energy, parking, drinking water, toilets, cloak room, waiting rooms, first aid centers, craft bazars /haats/ souvenir shops/ cafeteria, rain shelters, Telecom facilities, internet connectivity etc.

Bambleshwari Temple is on a hilltop of 1,600-ft. For reaching the top, there are total 1000 steps that lead to the temple. The legend has it that around 2200 years ago Raja Veersen, a local king, who was childless built this temple on being blessed with a child.

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