Puri Lokanath, Brahmagiri Alarnath temples to undergo facelift; total Rs 36 crore sanctioned

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved a master plan for the development and beautification of Puri Lokanath and Brahmagiri Alarnath temples with budgetary provisions of total Rs 36 crore, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.

About Rs 28 crore is to be spent for the Lokanath and Rs 8 crore for Alarnath shrines. Both the works have been targeted for completion maximum within one year, the CMO further said.

As per the master plan, beautification works of Lokanath temple will include the development of Bhitara Bedha and Bahara Bedha, a number of facilities for servitors and devotees, parking areas, modern lane management provision, landscaping of garden, repair of compound wall, electrification, construction of two Mundan Mandaps, drainage system and approach road etc.

In addition, Parbati Sagar pond of the Shaivite shrine will be renovated. Compound wall of the temple is to be raised to 267 metres in height.

Similarly, beautification works of the Vaishnavite shrine will include the development of entrance and exit passages, Aruna Stambha, Chandan Pond and adjacent areas of the temple.

Entrance of the temple will be widened up to 40 feet in width and raised up to 18 feet in height.

Moreover, frontage of the shrine will be developed as a plaza with provision for two-wheeler and four-wheeler parking areas. Chandan garden and Tulsi Vana will be landscaped.

Servitors of the two temples thanked Patnaik for proposed beautification and development projects.

The Chief Minister has expressed his desire to visit the two temples in Puri and Brahmagiri and have Darshan of the presiding deities soon, through video conferencing.

Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Development Commissioner PK Jena and senior officials of the Works Department took part in the high-level meeting.

It is pertinent to mention, acting on the directives of Patnaik, the Chief Minister’s 5T Secretary VK Pandian had recently visited the two temples and reviewed the available infrastructures.

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