KASHI VISHWANATH CORRIDOR

Kashi Vishwanath Temple is regarded as one of the oldest and most famous temple situated in India. The temple is believed to be dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It is located on the west of the bank of sacred river Ganga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

In India, the Phase 1 of project of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi recently on 12 December 2021. The stone of foundation was laid on March 8, 2019. 23 other buildings are also inaugurated as a part of Kashi Corridor project. These buildings includes Vedic Kendra, facilitation centre for tourists, food court, city museums, gallery for viewing etc. It is the first huge renovation of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple as well as it’s surroundings, post the makeover by the Queen of Maratha. While the transformation of the Kashi Corridor, few other 40 temples of the ancient era were restored and rediscovered without distorting the original structure.

The corridor is 400 metre long. The Ghats along the holy river Ganga and the Temple of Kashi Vishwanath are connected by the project providing an easily usable pathway of open space for the pilgrims of Kashi Shrine to take sacred dip in the Ganga and also offering the sacred water at the temple. Mr. Bimal Patel was the architect of the following project. The most prevalent temple architecture in Northern India, the Nagara style was followed to construct the temple. The Jyotirlingas which is worshipped is a stone of dark brown colour and is enshrined in the Sanctum which is placed on a silver platform. The main temple is an open space area with buildings around it, basically it is surrounded by the other God’s shrines. Smaller shrines in series are consisted in the complex of the temple. To the north of the temple is a small well called the wisdom well ( Jnana Vapi). There is Congregation Hall (Sabha Griha) leading to the inner Sanctum Sanctorum ( Garbha Griha).

The tourism in Varanasi is believed to be boosted by the project of Kashi Corridor by furnishing the tourists, travelers and pilgrims all the essential facilities such as proper wide roads, clean water for drinking etc. Post inauguration, Varanasi has become one of the most captivating place for tourists in India. A great number of tourists would visit Varanasi in near future as it is now amongst the most admired destination of religion in India. An easy access for the old age and disable people is provided with the facilities of escalators, ramps and other modern provisions. It would also be a boost to local economy and the heritage will also be rightly preserved.