Prime Minister will be inaugurating the Somnath Promenade and Exhibition Gallery in Somnath which are among the components of the project developed under PRASHAD Scheme of Ministry of Tourism and Ahilyabai Mandir Parisar Renovation carried out by Shree Somnath Trust . He will also lay the Foundation Stone of Parvati Mata Mandir in Somnath, Gujarat through a Virtual Platform tomorrow the 20th August 2021 at 11:00 Hrs.
The PM will be joined by Sh. Amit Shah (Home Minister and Co-operation Minister, GoI),Shripad Yesso Naik (Minister of State for Tourism and Ports, Shipping & Waterways, GoI), Ajay Bhatt (Minister of State for Tourism and Defence, GoI), Vijay Rupani (Chief Minister, Gujarat), Jawahar Chawda (Tourism Minister, Gujarat) , Rajeshbhai Chudasama , Member of Parliament, Junagadh and Pravin K Leheri, Trustee- Secretary, Shree Somnath Trust.
The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) has been launched by the Ministry of Tourism with the objective of holistic development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations with focus on development of pilgrimage tourist destinations. Since its launch in January 2015 and as on date the Ministry has sanctioned 37 projects in 24 States with estimated expenditure of Rs. 1214.18 Cr. and a total amount of INR 675.47 Cr. has been released for these projects from FY 2014-15 to FY 2018-19 and the current financial year as on date.
Located about 94 km from Junagadh, the Somnath Temple is said to have been originally built by the moon god with gold. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Somnath Temple is one of the most important spiritual sites in the Hindu circuit. Believed to be the first of the 12 jyotirlingas (devotional shrines of Lord Shiva) in the country, the temple sees a large footfall every year. In the month of November, the Kartik Purnima fair organised here attracts a large number of pilgrims.