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Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times
Bhopal, August 29, 2013
Even as state government’s ambitious project of developing Ram Van Gaman Path (Lord Rama’s forest trail) remains incomplete, the MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) has undertaken a similar exercise – this time to promote sites associated with Lord Krishna in Madhya Pradesh.

Though the focus will be to develop the lesser- known sites – a committee comprising historians Dr Bhagwati Lal Purohit, Dr Shyam Sunder Nigam, Dr Raman Solanki and Dr Prashant Puranik and Sanskrit scholar Shyam Narain Vyas has been formed to research on incidents and places associated with Lord Krishna in Madhya Pradesh – the more well-known ones will also be spruced up.

“Places associated with Krishna would be promoted on the lines of Dwarka, Vrindavana and Mathura. We have already started work,” said Mohan Yadav, chairman of MPSTDC.

An amount of Rs. 40 lakh has been earmarked to give Sandipni Ashram in Ujjain a face- lift.

This is where Lord Krishna is believed to have grown up and the legend of his friendship with a poor Brahmin boy, Sudama, has its roots.

Yadav said a sum of Rs. 4.5 crore has been sanctioned for the work that is now underway at Janapao near Indore, and another Rs. 1.12 crore for sprucing up Mahidpur in Ujjain district.

A village near Mahidpur town finds mention in religious scriptures as the place where as grown-ups, Lord Krishna and Sudama spent a night together.

Janapao, near Indore, is where Rishi Parshuram gave the Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Krishna, religious pundits say.

The state tourism department will also be developing ‘ Krishnayan’ on the lines of Akshardham in Ninora village on the Indore-Ujjain highway, where the life and times of Lord Krishna would come alive through painting and sculptures.

An auditorium with a capacity of 5,000 would be an added attraction and the venue could even host religious programmes and conclaves, Yadav told HT.