The proposed master plan for the transformation of two ancient shrines, Loknath Temple in Puri and Alarnath Temple in Brahmagiri, was approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday. While Rs 28 crore has been set aside for the Loknath Temple, Rs 8 crore has been set aside for the Alarnath Temple.
According to a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office, the redevelopment of both temples will be completed within a year (CMO).
Loknath Temple is one of the state’s most important Shiv Pithas. According to the Puranas, Lord Sriramchandra came in search of Mother Sita and worshipped Lord Loknath here. Shree Loknath is said to be the protector of the Jagannath temple’s ratna bhandar.
The inner and outer gates of Loknath temple will be improved, and various facilities will be provided for sevayats and devotees, according to the temple’s master plan. Parking, a modern line system, an improved approach road, and special parking will also be provided for the convenience of sevayats at the west gate.
The old marble stones will be removed and replaced with gleaming stones in the inner gate. The temple garden will be improved, as well as landscaping. The temple wall and lighting arrangements will be repaired. Repair of broken areas, new roads, landscaping, lighting, building space, and the development of two mundan mandaps will accompany the widening of the outer square. Because drainage is a major issue, the drainage system both inside and outside the temple will be improved. The temple’s Parvati sagar will also be improved.
Similarly, the famous Alarnath Temple of Brahmagiri will also be developed. Located 24 km from Puri and 25 km from Satpada, this temple is believed to have been built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Devotees go for Alarnath Darshan during the Anasara of Lord Jagannath.
Earlier, under the instructions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian had visited both Loknath Temple and Alarnath Temple and held discussions with the Puri Collector, district administration officials and sevyats of both the temples about the preparation of the master plan
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