Radio Damru! Kashi Vishwanath Corridor will have its own community radio service
The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream project for his Varanasi parliamentary constituency. Kashi or Varanasi shares the double honor of being one of the oldest cities in the world as well as one which has a lot of religious significance for Hindus. Famous for its narrow streets and more than 80 ghats (river banks), the city is invaded by pilgrims and tourists every year. The Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project is moving forward and will soon transform the ancient city, nearly two centuries after Queen Ahalyabai Holkar of Indore redeveloped parts of the temple and the city. Besides many facilities for pilgrims, the corridor area will also have its own radio service called Radio Damru.
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Varanasi Development Authority secretary and Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project CEO Vishal Singh told Financial Express Online that he launched Radio Damru in Kashi Vishwanathan Corridor. He said that not only bhajans and devotional chants, but other daily scheduled programs would also be broadcast on Radio Damru. Through the community radio service on Radio Damru, Temple Aartis will be broadcast live, he said. “We intend to make the service multilingual in order to meet the diverse nature of the pilgrims who crowd into the temple from different parts of the world and country. It will also be available on the internet and will ensure that a live temple experience is also available to anyone outside of Varanasi, ”Singh added.
Known as the location of one of the Seven Puris (Seven Holy Cities) and 12 Jyotirlingas, Kashi Vishwanathan Jyotirlinga Temple in Varanasi is its main attraction. In 1780 it was renovated by Queen Holkar of Indore Rani Ahalyabai. Warren Hastings, the first Governor General of India ordered the installation of Naubat Khana at the entrance to the temple. The temple was further enhanced with gold plating on its shikhara by Sikh King Maharaja Ranjeet Singh in 1839. The government of Uttar Pradesh took over the administration of the temple in 1983. They also set up a committee trust to ensure his well-being. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanathan Corridor Project on March 8, 2019.
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The project has been divided into three phases so far. In the first, the temple complex of the Kashi Vishwanathan Corridor project will be redeveloped. The second will have the Ghats on the banks of the Ganges upgrade.
In the third phase connecting areas like Lalita Ghat and Nepali Temple, the front of Scindia Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat and Jalasen Ghat will be developed. Thus, the improvement of the one kilometer long area will allow easy movement of tourists and pilgrims from the Ghats to the temple. The corridor will have facilities such as community halls, shops, ved-vigyanshala, yagyashala, Mumukshu Bhawan, support services, offices, a museum, among others. Radio Damru will be added to the long list of services for pilgrims.