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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Artistes replicate 12 jyotirlingas at Khatu Shyam temple

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 22, 2013
First Published: 11:03 IST(22/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:06 IST(22/7/2013)

This shravan, devotees of Lord Shiva would get an opportunity to pay obeisance to the 12 jyotirlingas in Lucknow itself.

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Replicas of the shrines are being erected along the banks of river Gomti at the Khatu Shyam temple from Tuesday.

Around 40 artists from Kolkata, Mumbai and Lucknow are busy giving the replicas a final touch, before the makeshift temples are thrown open to public from July 23 to August 5.

“A mountain like structure would be the main design and a passage between them would lead to the 12 jyotirlingas. Beginning with the darshan at the Somnath, the devotees would exit from the Kashi Vishwanath temple replica,” said Sudhish Garg, spokesperson of the Khatu Shyam temple.

There would be shivlings, waterfalls and green patches along the path to give the replicas a landscape similar to the original one.

While entry would be open for all devotees, there wouldn’t be any provision of offering water or prasad.

However, devotees can book a daily shringar at all the replicas on all days.

“We are using thermocol, empty sacks, wood, saw dust and plywood in the structure. Plaster of Paris and paints are being used to give it a final shape,” said an artist engaged in making the replica.

The structure has been constructed with a total cost of R20 lakh, said the temple spokesperson.

Since the temple trust expects about 15,000-20,000 devotees thronging the temple each day, adequate security arrangements have also been made.

Installation of CCTV cameras all along the temple, deployment of police and local security would be undertaken by the trust.

It may be mentioned that the temple took similar initiatives earlier as well, when a replica of the chaar dhaam was erected in 2000 and Kailash Mansarovar in 2001.

“People had thronged the temple in large numbers then and expressed hope that similar exercises would be undertaken regularly. We, at the temple administration, thought that we would now make a jyotirling replica for people, which is about to take a final shape,” said Gupta


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