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Shiv Khori restoration work to start soon

Jammu: With objective to increase tourist footfall as well as provide best facilities to pilgrims, the Jammu and Kashmir government will soon start work on restoration of pilgrimage shrines Shiv Khori.

 

“The Jammu and Kashmir completed the study for the restoration of Shiv Khori and work on it will begin soon,” an official said adding that the study was conducted by JSW Foundation. The foundation was also roped in for restoration and conservation of Shalimar and Nishat Gardens in Kashmir.

 

“Study for the restoration of Shiv Khori is being done and work on it will begin soon. We are also exploring the feasibility of a ropeway at Shri Amarnathji Shrine, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir    Manoj Sinha after laying the foundation stone for the Tirth Yatri Niwas & Disaster Management Centre of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board at Majeen, near IMPARD, Jammu.

Elaborating on the work being done to develop tourism in Jammu, the LG said that a pilgrimage tourism circuit connecting Mata Vaishno Devi, Purmandal- Utterbehni, Mansar-Surinsar and Shiv Khori together is coming up, besides promoting the unexplored tourism potential of Jammu to attract more tourists.

“Durga Bhawan, a high utility pilgrim-centric facility at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is under construction,” he said.

 

With the foundation of the Yatri Niwas, LG said that government has    have fulfilled a long pending demand of all stakeholders, organizations associated with Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, devotees from across the country and abroad, said the Lt Governor.

He also expressed his desire to develop Yatri Niwas as a symbol of compassion, spirituality, service, peace and happiness.

“Yatri Niwas is not merely a building. It needs to be developed as a centre for awakening of consciousness, a confluence of ancient philosophy so that the devotees can feel bliss and may begin their further Journey to Shri Amarnath ji Shrine in South Kashmir with purity and perfection,” he said.

He also directed the officials of Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board to establish a library for showcasing the spiritual and cultural heritage of J&K to the visiting pilgrims.

“Work with greater commitment and dedication to provide safe and best-in-class facilities keeping in mind the faith of the devotees and the timeless tradition of Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra, LG directed officials.

He said that a Yatri Niwas with a capacity of more than 3200 pilgrims is under construction at Chandrakot in Ramban, and the foundation for another Yatri Niwas with a capacity of about 2800 passengers was laid in the month of August this year in Srinagar.

The Yatri Niwas in Jammu will also open up new employment avenues for the local population, especially for the youth, he added.

Dharma has been the very essence of the Jammu region since ancient times.  The morning breeze here is filled with the prayers just as all our Vedas, Upanishads, Shastras begin with a salutation to the almighty. Therefore, we are making dedicated efforts to serve all those who are starting their spiritual odyssey from the City of Temples, observed the Lt Governor.

 

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