The shrine of ‘Mata Adi Shakti’ at ‘Vaishno Devi shrine’ is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations for Hindus in India and abroad.
The shrine, located in the city of Katra in the newly created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, is set to get a major golden facelift – literally. A golden gate outside the natural cave will be erected this year by the authorities.
The Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, had earlier declared the Vaishno Devi shrine to be the most Swachh Iconic place in the country.
And the shrine is now set to get more decorated by a new permanent feature – a golden gate.
The plan for erecting the golden gate outside the cave at the shrine was initiated almost three months ago by the authorities. This new addition would be an added attraction to the already very popular pilgrimage as well as a tourist destination.
The proposed new golden fate will replace the existing marble gate at the entrance. According to reports, the new golden gate consumed about 11 kg of gold, 1100 kg silver and 1200 kg copper. And since this valuable gate is to be built, security at the main shrine complex will also be enhanced with about 350 close circuit cameras with its control room situated at Katra.
Reports also suggested that the new golden gate will have images of Goddess Vaishno Devi, Mahagauri, Siddhidatri, Kalratri, Chamunda, and others carved on it. Golden flags, a dome and a golden umbrella will also decorate the new golden gate. And hung inside will be a 25 kg bell made of gold and silver.
20 expert craftsmen from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have been hired to complete the work of the gate on time while the project is being financed from donations from devotees.
(Adapted from FinancialExpress.com)