Modi’s temple pitch: The push to Revamp and Redevelop

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to revamp and redevelop the Kashi Vishwanath complex is in line with the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious projects for temples across India.

He has laid the foundation stone for the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and pushed beautification and redevelopment projects at the Somnath complex and the Kedarnath Dham which saw widespread destruction in the 2013 floods.

He has repeatedly described these as nation-building projects, the successful fruition of an ancient land’s efforts to find and celebrate its ancient glory.

PM Modi visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple and inaugurated phase one of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham, constructed at a cost of ₹339 crore.

23 buildings have been inaugurated in this phase of the project – spread over a massive area of almost five lakh square feet. In comparison, the previous premises was spread across 3,000 square feet.

The project involved an arduous process of acquisition of over 300 properties around the temple. Around 1,400 shopkeepers, tenants and homeowners were rehabilitated.

The government says during the process of destruction of old properties, more than 40 ancient temples were rediscovered. These temples have been restored and beautified.