Assam government hopes to build Kamakhya as the cleanest pilgrimage site in the country, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said. Inaugurating the Kamakhya Development Project at the temple premises atop Nilachal hill in Guwahati today, he said a clean environment would make a positive impression among devotees who come to Kamakhya every year in large numbers.
“Kamakhya is one of the most important ‘Shakti peeths’ in the country and it is our solemn duty to keep the temple premises clean,” Sonowal said while inaugurating the project for development of Kamakhya Temple complex as Swachh Iconic Place.
The Kamakhya Temple, also known as Kamrup-Kamakhya is a Hindu Temple dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peeths. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and especially for Tantric worshipers. Being the centre for Tantra worship this temple attracts thousands of tantra devotees in an annual festival known as the Ambubachi Mela.
He also urged the tourism department to come up with ways to make Kamkhya Temple more accessible to the elderly and differently-abled.
State Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the development project would ensure the betterment of the temple premises at a fast pace. He thanked Oil India Limited (OIL) for extending cooperation to the development project under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
Great honors to have Maa Kamakhya Temple complex declared as Swachh Iconic place. Foundation stone laid by HCM @sarbanandsonwal & Hon Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas Sri @dpradhanbjp in presence of other esteemed colleagues. Thankful to Sri Pradhan for donating Re 25 cr for this pic.twitter.com/cpI3SU0Kk2
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 9, 2017
Chief Minister Sonowal also thanked Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan for releasing Rs 25 crore for the development project of the Temple. Pradhan said that Assam has so much to offer to the tourists from natural beauty to pilgrimage sites and they must be harnessed properly to develop the tourism industry.
Reviewed along with Hon'ble CM Assam, Shri @sarbanandsonwal, other Ministers and senior officers of oil & gas sector and skill projects in Assam; had detailed exchange of issues from both sides. pic.twitter.com/pXPncMtqrK
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) December 8, 2017