PM Modi inaugurates ‘Mahakal Lok’ in Ujjain
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and dedicated the first phase of the Mahakaleshwar Temple corridor development project in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain on Tuesday. The corridor is being developed at an estimated cost of over Rs.850 crore and has been named ‘Mahakal Lok’. The first phase of ‘Mahakal Lok’ has been developed at Rs.316 crore.
Earlier, PM Modi offered prayers at the Mahakal temple in Ujjain. He was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. PM Modi inspected the first phase of the ‘Shri Mahakal Lok’ corridor ahead of dedicating it to the nation.
The corridor measures over 900 metres in length and will house around 200 statues and murals of lord Shiva and goddess Shakti, among other religious figures. ‘Mahakal Lok’ corridor, built as one of the largest such corridors in the country, spreads around the old Rudrasagar Lake which has also been revived as part of the redevelopment project around the famous Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country which attracts a large number of devotees.
Two majestic gateways — Nandi Dwar and Pinaki Dwar — separated by a short distance, have been erected near the starting point of the corridor, which winds its way to the temple’s entrance and offers an aesthetic view along the way.
A majestic colonnade of 108 ornate pillars made of intricately carved sandstones, gushing fountains, and a running panel of more than 50 murals depicting stories from the ‘Shiv Puran’ are among the major highlights of the Mahakal Lok.
Earlier, Ashish Pathak, CEO of Ujjain Smart City said, “The project takes forward the vision of making Ujjain the central node for promoting religious tourism to connect people with culture and traditions. At the same time, it aims to create livelihood opportunities and contribute to the city’s economy. The scale and the magnanimity of the project is an achievement for Smart City Mission and will inspire many religious cities to scale up and learn from this experience.”
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