The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor was inaugurated on December 13, 2021 by PM Modi restoring the temple to its past glory. The Prime Minister’s dream project, his resolution to build a grand corridor to connect Maa Ganga to Vishwanath Mandir, took 33 months to become a reality. On March 8, 2019, PM Modi had laid the foundation of the corridor project. The chief architect of the project was Bimal Patel. The corridor is spread over an area of 5.2 lakh square feet. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple premises is spread over 33,075 square feet. At any given point, around two lakh people can gather in this corridor. Seven special stones have been used in the corridor’s construction, including the red sandstone of Makrana, Chunar. The premises host rest houses, museums, security rooms and libraries. Special space has been created for the plantation throughout the corridor. Trees like Parijat, Rudraksha, Ashok, Bel etc., will be planted to sync the project with environment. Apart from this, guest houses, religious book sales centre, refreshment centre, city museum, Varanasi gallery, Mumukshu Bhawan etc., have been built in the corridor. Both the City Museum and the Varanasi Bhawan are museums that serve different purposes.
In his inaugural speech, PM Modi paid floral tributes to Ahilyabai Holkar, Maharaja Ranjit Singh among other people, who played a pivotal role in reconstruction and renovation of Kashi Vishwanath in the past. A figurine of Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar has been put up at the sprawling campus of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham recognizing her contribution in temple construction and restoration.
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