Madhya Pradesh/ Rs 300 crore scheme for development, expansion of Ujjain’s Mahakal temple

Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to launch an Rs. 300 crore scheme for the convenience of devotees visiting Ujjain for darshan of Mahakal.

A three-member committee of Cabinet ministers will be constituted to finalize plans for the expansion of Mahakal temple and improving the existing arrangements there. A proposal to amend the Mahakal Temple Act will also be placed before the Cabinet for discussion.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath gave instructions while chairing a meeting convened at the Mantralaya in Bhopal to discuss maximising facilities for devotees at Mahakal Temple and improving existing arrangements.

Mahakal Temple is the identity of M.P. across the world: The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is known across the world due to Lord Mahakal. He said that apart from having darshan of Mahakal, the devotees must have facilities in Ujjain city where they can stay and know the religious, spiritual-cultural importance like mythological stories associated with the temple. This will also help develop the city. The Chief Minister said that special attention should be taken to ensure that the original structure of the Mahakal temple is untouched during expansion and improvement.

Three-member committee of ministers: The three-member committee of Cabinet ministers will include in-charge of Ujjain district and Minister of Public Works, Sajjan Singh Verma, Minister of Department of Spirituality P.C. Sharma and Minister for Urban Development Jaivardhan Singh. This committee will hold consultations with those associated with various arrangements at Mahakal temple before finalizing development and expansion plans.

Proposed Mahakal Temple development plans: The development and expansion plans of Mahakal temple presented before the Chief Minister mainly include increasing the facilities for devotees, the entry and exit, frontier yard, extension of Nandi Hall, Mahakal theme park, Mahakal corridor, lawn parking etc.

There will be development and construction of Maharaj Bada, Complex, Kumbh Museum, display of various stories related to Mahakal, Food Zone, Dharamshala, Landscaping of Rudrasagar, Beautification of Ramghat Marg, Tourist Information Centre, Revival of Rudra Sagar Lake, Hari Phatak Bridge, pilgrim facilities and other facilities also in the second phase.