Dongargarh, the holy town of Bamleshwari Devi in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday included in central government’s ‘PRASAD’ (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive) scheme.
PRASAD is a central governments’ scheme that focuses on identifying and developing pilgrim sites across the country to enrich the religious tourism experience.
A fund of Rs 43.33 lakh crore was released by the central government for development and beautification works at Dongargarh, a press release said on Thursday.
Tourism Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu while terming the development as remarkable for Chhattisgarh said this step will immensely boost the tourism prospects of the state.
Increase in tourists and devotees will generate more employment for the locals, the Tourism Minister added.
For identifying Dongargarh as an important religious centre, Chhattisgarh tourism department was continuously in touch with the union Tourism Minister and had made several presentations. Finally, the union government agreed to include Dongargarh in the PRASAD scheme.
Now, tourist facilities on the sides of steps leading to the temple at the peak of the hill will be improved. Parking, pond beautification, and pilgrimage activity centre will be developed over there, press release said adding development of tourists’ facilities at Pragyagiri mountain is also proposed.
The main attraction of this project is the ‘Shri Yantra’ shaped tourist activity centre.