The ancient Kaushalya temple in Chandkhuri village.
Staff Reporter ;
Lord Rama’s maternal home Chandkhuri will now be as attractive and beautiful as the cities in mythological tales. Keeping the original form intact of the ancient Kaushalya temple in Chandkhuri village located near Raipur, the outline for beautification of the entire complex has been prepared. This entire work, which is included in the Chief Minister’s ambitious Ram Van Gaman Path Development Project, will be executed at a cost of Rs 15.75 crore in Chandkhuri.
According to the plan, the work of beautification and campus development of the temple at Chandkhuri will be completed in two phases. In the first phase Rs 6.7 crore will be spent, while Rs 9.08 crore will be spent in the second phase. Chandkhuri will be developed as a tourist-pilgrimage site, so along with the beautification of the ancient Kaushalya Mata temple located there, civic amenities will also be developed. The temple-island located in the middle of the pond will be made more attractive and well-organised while beautifying the pond. The architecture of the entire complex has been designed to suit Chandkhuri's connection to mythology.
A new design bridge will be constructed in the pond to reach the pond temple. According to information, ghats and circumambulation paths on all four sides will be constructed in the pond. Parking facilities for visitors' vehicles will be developed while the entire complex will have attractive electrical decoration. On December 22, bhoomipujan for the beautification of Kaushalya temple at Chandkuri was performed. Along with this, the project to develop the important sites on the Ram Van Gaman Path as a tourist destination was also started.
On 29 July, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, along with his family members, reached Chandkuri and offered prayers at the ancient temple. During this time, he had inquired about the project prepared for the expansion of the temple and beautification of the complex. Baghel had directed that devotees visiting here should be specially taken care of, while keeping the original form of the temple intact. On the demand of the villagers, the Chief Minister has also approved construction of a bypass road near the temple. The district authorities have been instructed to open a nationalised bank branch in Chandkuri.