Raipur. Construction of a magnificent temple will begin soon at Chandkhuri, the birthplace of Mata Kaushalya, near capital city Raipur. Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel today reached Chandkhuri with his wife Mrs. Mukteshwari Baghel and other family members and performed customary rituals at the ancient temple of Mata Kaushalya. Chief Minister wished for peace, progress and prosperity of the state. He took information in detail about the project prepared for development and beautification of the temple. Chief Minister said that the original form of the temple will be preserved while beautifying its premises, and proper facilities will be developed for the devotees visiting the temple.
It is noteworthy that Chhattisgarh Government is developing important locations on Ram Van Gaman Path as tourist spots. Hence, starting with Chandkhuri based Mata Kaushalya Mandir, bhumi-pujan of beautification works for the temple was done on December 22. Action plan for construction of the magnificent temple includes electrification, pond beautification, parking, etc.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel said that Chhattisgarh is the maternal home of Lord Ram. Lord Ram had spent significant amount of time of his exile in Chhattisgarh. State Government is developing Ram Van Gaman Marg as a tourist destination so as to glorify it at national and international-level. Mr. Baghel said that beautification works worth nearly Rs 15 crore are being done in Chandkhuri. On the occasion, Chief Minister directed the officials to build a bridge on the pond, along with circular path, well-equipped dharamshala and toilets. Chief Minister said that bhumipujan of beautification work has already been done and construction work will begin from the third week of August.
On the occasion, Chief Minister sanctioned the construction of bypass road near the temple, on demand of villagers, and gave instructions to the officials concerned to take necessary action in the context. For the convenience of villagers, Chief Minister has also directed the district officials to open branch of a nationalized bank in Chandkhuri. Mr. Baghel planted sapling of ‘bel’ and ‘mahua’ at the temple premise, with his wife. Besides, saplings of amla, peepal, amrud and karanj etc were also planted and on instructions of Chief Minister, bamboo tree guards made by Serikhedi women self-help group were installed around these saplings. In his address to the villagers, Chief Minister talked in detail about gauthan and godhan nyay yojana along with other facilities available in the village. Meanwhile Urban Administration Minister Dr Shiv Kumar Daharia, Janpad Panchayat Aarang President Mr. Khilesh Dewangan, Gram Panchayat Chandkhuri Sarpanch Mrs. Malti Dheewar, and President of Kaushalya Mata Samiti Mr. Devendra Verma and other villagers were also present.
It is noteworthy that in Treta Yug, Chhattisgarh was known as Dakshin Kosal and Dandkaranya. Lord Shri Ram travelled all the way from North India to Chhattisgarh, and after spending nearly four months at various places of Chhattisgarh, he moved to South India. Lord Shri Ram had entered Chhattisgarh from a place named Harchauka Sitamadi via Gawai river of Koriya District. Meanwhile, he travelled 75 places before he reached Ramaram of Sukma district. And from there he entered South India. 51 out of the aforementioned places are the ones, where Lord Ram had spent sime time.
In the first phase, nine of these places on Ram Van Gaman Paryatan Paripath will be developed. This includes Sitamadi-Harchauka (Koriya), Ramgarh (Ambikapur), Shivrinarayan (Janjgir-Champa), Turturiya (Balodabazar), Chandkhuri (Raipur), Rajim (Gariband), Sihava-Saptrishi Ashram (Dhamtari), Jagdalpur (Bastar), Ramaram (Sukma). These nine proposed destinations have been included in the concept plan worth Rs 137.45 prepared by Tourism Department for Ram Van Gaman Paryatan Paripath. State Government had provisioned Rs 5 crore in the budget of previous year 2019-20 and has provisioned Rs 10 crore in the budget of current fiscal year (2020-21) for Ram Van Gaman Paryatan Paripath. In this way, total Rs 15 crores have been sanctioned for this purpose by State Government till now.