ITA Desk : The government of Tripura will construct 51 temples, which would be replicas of the 51 Shaktipeeths, to boost tourism in the state.
And to attract more tourists to the state, a new helicopter service has already been started to Devatamura and Unnakoti hills that are best known for huge sculptures cut out of rocks,
The replicas of the 51 Shaktipeeths temples will be constructed on a14.22 acre plot of land at Fulkumari in Gomati district – about 3-km from the Tripuresari temple, which is famous for among tourists. All of the 51 Shaktipeeths are very important shrines and pilgrimage destinations in the cult of shaktism.
What would be really interesting and appealing for pilgrims and tourists is that just 38 of the 51 Shaktipeeths are in India. Out of the rest, six are in Bangladesh, three in Nepal, two in Pakistan and one each in Tibet and in Sri Lanka. This would mean that those tourists and pilgrims who cannot visit all of the 51 Shaktipeeths would be able to at least see their replicas all at one place in Tripura. The Tripura tourism department has said that the replicas would be exact copies of the original ones.
The state government has set a budget of Rs 44 crore for the project and the detailed project report has been sent to the 15th Finance Commission for approval and funding.
In addition, to make travelling in Tripura more attractive for tourists, a helicopter service has been started by the state Tourism department which would allow tourists to get an aerial view of rock-cut carvings at Devatamura in Gomati district and Unakoti at Unakoti district of the state. The service has been started from September 1 and is called ‘Tripura Hawai Safar’. This service however would only be available on Sundays.
The aerial view would be very interesting because Devtamura or Debtamura is a hill range and there are multiple rock sculptures and a panel of carved images on the banks of Gomati river.