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Post at: Sep 06 2021

Somnath Project under PRASAD Scheme

Recent Context

  • The Prime Minister of India inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Somnath, Gujarat on August 20, 2021 via video conferencing.
  • The projects inaugurated include the Somnath Promenade, Somnath Exhibition Centre and reconstructed temple precinct of Old (Juna) Somnath. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Shree Parvati Temple.Current chairman of SomnathMandir trust is Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Major Highlights

  • Shree Parvati Temple is proposed to be constructed with a total outlay of Rs 30 crore. This will include temple construction in SompuraSalats Style, development of GarbhaGriha and NrityaMandap.
  • The Somnath Exhibition Centre, developed on the premises of 'Tourist Facilitation Centre', displays the exhibits from dismantled parts of the old Somnath temple and its sculptures having Nagara style Temple Architecture of old Somnath.

PRASAD Scheme

  • The Government of India launched the PRASAD scheme in the year 2014-2015 under the Ministry of Tourism. The full form of the PRASAD scheme is ‘Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual Augmentation Drive’.
  • This scheme focuses on developing and identifying pilgrimage sites across India for enriching the religious tourism experience. It aims to integrate pilgrimage destinations in a prioritised, planned and sustainable manner to provide a complete religious tourism experience.
  • Under it, the Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments for promoting tourism at identified destinations.
  • The Ministry of Tourism has set up a Mission Directorate for implementing the PRASAD scheme.

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