Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Shri Somnath Temple is an integral part of Indian culture and ethos. Inaugurating the various development projects at the Somnath Temple complex in Gujarat, he said that this temple was broken many times and effort was made to erase its existence in the history, but every time it got raised.
Mr. Modi said that it is Shiva who germinates the seed of development even in destruction and gives birth to creation even in destruction. He said Shiva is imperishable and eternal.
Our faith in Shiva gives us a sense of our existence beyond the limits of time and gives us the strength to face the challenges.
The Prime Minister said that the thought of destroying powers to build an empire on the basis of terror may dominate for a while, but its existence is not permanent and it cannot suppress humanity for a long time.
He said that our thinking should be to improve the present by learning from history and create a new future.
Mr. Modi said that ‘Bharat Jodo Andolan’, is not limited to geographical or ideological affiliations, but also a resolve to connect us with our past to build the future India.
Mr. Modi said that the arrangement of our four dhams, the concept of our Shaktipeeths and the establishment of different pilgrimages in different corners of the country is the outline of our faith and an expression of the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
He said that from Somnath and Nageshwar in the west to Baidyanath in the east and from Baba Kedarnath in the North to Shri Rameshwar in the South- these 12 Jyotirlingas are connecting the whole India.
Prime Minister Modi said that I have the privilege of inaugurating Samudra Darshan Path, Somnath Exhibition Gallery and old Somnath Temple in a new form after renovation. He also laid the foundation stone of Parvati Mata temple near Somnath temple.
Mr. Modi also remembers Lokmata Ahilyabai Holkar, who renovated many temples from Lord Vishwanath to Somnath temple.
Mr. Modi said that the country is not only connecting the common man, but also progressing through tourism and pilgrimage. He said India got 34th place in 2019 from 65th in 2013 in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index.
Speaking on this occasion, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said the government is providing modern facilities to all religious places under the PRASHAD scheme of the center.
He said that the series of developmental works have been taken up after the Prime Minister Modi has taken over as the Chairman of Shri Somnath Trust. He said that the Somnath Trust is fully contributing in Swachcha Bharat campaign.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also joined the event along with other dignitaries.
The Somnath Promenade has been developed under -Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive – PRASHAD Scheme at a total cost of over 47 crore rupees.
The Somnath Exhibition Centre, developed in the premises of ‘Tourist Facilitation Centre’, displays the exhibits from dismantled parts of old Somnath temple and its sculptures having Nagar style temple architecture of old Somnath.
The reconstructed temple precinct of Old Somnath has been completed by Shree Somnath Trust with a total outlay of 3.5 crore rupees.
This temple is also referred to as Ahilyabai Temple since it was built by Queen Ahilyabai of Indore, when she found that the old temple was in ruins.
The entire old temple complex has been holistically redeveloped for the safety of pilgrims and with augmented capacity.
Shree Parvati Temple is proposed to be constructed with a total outlay of 30 crore rupees.
This will include temple construction in Sompura Salats Style, development of Garbha Griha and Nritya Mandap.