The spectacular temple of Lord Shiv called Pahari Mandir, located on the topmost summit of Ranchi is all set for a complete makeover with the programme scheduled to begin at 7:30 am of 17th September, 2015. The temple, one of the biggest in the world with an area spread of over 24000 sq. ft. and 468 steps is loftily perched between mount Tagore and the iconic Ranchi Lake giving a bird’s eye view of the city. The process for the temple to become the sixth largest temple worldwide is already in the pipeline.

On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, the stone laying ceremony for this renovation work will be performed by the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das. The foundation ceremony will also include that of an 81m flag hoisting tower within the temple premises as the National Flag is hoisted here on the independence and republic day to acknowledge the role this complex played in the freedom struggle of India.

The temple construction designs have followed Vaastu guidelines and the sanctum sanctorum will be constructed on the basis of Mahamrityunjaya Yantra, the yantra for Shivaji. It will also have Vaastu provisions for a free flow of spiritual energy from all the eight directions. Hence, the ceremony will also see the prime Vaastu consultant Mr Naresh Singal being honoured. Along with him, the chief architect Mr Vishal Sharma, businessmen Mr Vishnu Aggarwal and Patratu’s  Jindal plant’s CEO will also be honoured for providing extreme help and fee less services.

Apart from renovation, new facilities like cafeteria, solar lighting, water harvesting, priest’s residences, parking, etc. will also be provided to bring the complex in sync with top technological and tourism developments. For example, fruits and flowers offered by devotees will now be converted into fertiliser through an organic plant instead of being thrown away as waste. Amit Kumar, Secretary of Pahari Mandir Vikas Samiti and also Ranchi SDO, said the proposed structure will be modelled like a blossoming flower with the top like a cone which will increase the height of the temple from 280 feet to 380 feet.

MP Ram Tahal Choudhary will preside as the special guest and will be accompanied by the urban development minister C. P. Singh as the main guest. The grand facelift will help in managing the enormous surge of devotees seen in the temple especially during ‘Shravani Mela’ and will incorporate a number of modern facilities at the prime tourism spot of Ranchi.

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