Chhattisgarh is Ram’s “maternal place”, Baghel said, adding that a dedicated tourism circuit ought to be started in the state.
New Delhi: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday announced that a dedicated fund will be constituted for people to contribute towards the development of his government’s ambitious Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit project. This announcement was made as a part of his Independence Day speech.
Claiming that Chhattisgarh is Ram’s “maternal place”, Baghel said that a dedicated tourism circuit ought to be started in the state. “Chhattisgarh is ‘nanihal‘ (maternal place) of Lord Ram. He had also spent most of his time in Chhattisgarh during his exile from Ayodhya,” Baghel said.
“To keep the memories linked to Lord Ram and Mata Kashulayaalive, the state government has undertaken the RamVan Gaman Tourism Circuit project and began its speedy implementation,” Baghel said. Baghel added, “In order to give an opportunity to the people of the state to contribute towards this sacred work, we have decided to set up the Ram Van Gaman Paryatan Paripath Vikas Kosh.”
According to a PTI report, a tourism department official has claimed that a committee will be constituted to look after the functioning of the development fund, in which people would be able to voluntarily make donations for the project. As per Hindu mythology, Ram Van Gaman Path is the route taken by Ram on his way to the 14-year exile.
In June this year, Baghel urged the Centre to approve the concept proposal for ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ tourism circuit in the state under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, launched by the Union Ministry of Tourism.
In a letter to Union tourism minister Prahlad Patel, Baghel had said that the state tourism department had selected nine sites along ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ and has drawn up a plan to develop them. The state has estimated Rs 137.45 crore as the cost to develop these nine sites.
According to research scholars, Ram passed through nearly 75 places in Chhattisgarh during his exile.
In the first phase of the project, eight of the selected places falling on the forest route taken by Lord Ram will be developed as tourist destinations at a cost of Rs 137.45 crore.
As part of the project, Chandkhuri, believed to be the maternal home of Lord Ram, will be developed as a grand tourist-pilgrimage site.
Chandkhuri, a village located around 27 km away from capital Raipur, is considered as the birthplace of Kaushalya, mother of Ram.
The ancient Mata Kaushalya temple situated in the village will also be given a magnificent look while keeping the original form intact.
As per the plan, all the significant places in the state which Ram had visited during his exile, will be connected via road network and ultramodern facilities.