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Rs 200-crore renovation project over, Ram Tirath shrine to open on December 1st

The Rs 200 crore multipurpose construction project at Ram Tirath shrine, which is known to be the land of Valmiki, is all set to be inaugurated on December 1. 

punjab Updated: Nov 27, 2016 20:42 IST
Surjit Singh
The newly-renovated Ram Tirath temple in Amritsar.
The newly-renovated Ram Tirath temple in Amritsar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

The Rs 200 crore multipurpose construction project at Ram Tirath shrine, which is known to be the land of Valmiki, is all set to be inaugurated on December 1. 

The place is believed to be the hermitage of Valmiki, where Luv and Kush, sons of Lord Rama were born and received education from the sage. Valmiki is believed to have scripted many sacred manuscripts including the epic Ramayana.

The SAD-BJP government had laid the foundation stone to raise Valmiki temple in 2013, but due to snail’s pace of construction work, the project missed several deadlines. Though chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal is going to dedicate this project to the Balmiki community on December 1 at a state-level function, some construction work is yet to be completed. 

The project

In the complex, a temple building has been constructed which can be approached by a causeway attached to deoris (entrance portals) at both ends. The temple stands amidst a sacred sarovar (pond), which has been further linked up to the parikarma (circumambulation) through a wide bridge.

Apart from this, an area of 11 acres has also been developed in close proximity to the temple complex. In eight acres, a Sangat hall with capacity of 5,000 persons, a Sanskrit library, a museum and a panorama have been constructed. 

Rest of the three-acre area is occupied by multi-storey modern car parking having capacity to accommodate 500 four-wheeler vehicles.

Dilbag Singh, junior engineer of public works department (PWD) said that outer construction of these buildings has been completed while internal work is still under-progress.

The design of this temple-cum-museum project has been conceived and prepared by the architects of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. While doing so, religious aspects of this historic place have been kept in mind as per the directions of state government, said the PWD authorities.

Preparations of function 

The ministers belonging to Majha region as well as administrative authorities are on toes. Badal has deputed his special principal secretary KJS Cheema to supervise the arrangements and logistics of the function. 

An idol of Valmiki is being brought here through a religious procession passing through different places of the state. This idol will be installed at the temple on the inauguration day. 

Deputy commissioner Basant Garg has constituted 17 committees comprising hundreds of officials to look after the arrangements.