Varanasi: Nameless donor items 60 kg gold to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, 37 kg used to beautify sanctum sanctorum | Varanasi Information

VARANASI: An nameless donor has donated 60-kg gold to Kashi Vishwanath Temple (KVT), of which 37 kg has been used to brighten the inside partitions of the sanctum sanctorum.
Although the pilgrims visiting the temple acquired glimpses of the glitter of the yellow steel whereas providing prayers by way of ‘jharokha darshan’ (seeing the deity from outdoors the doorways) with the start of the gold plating work, the world knew about it when Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided prayer at KVT’s sanctum sanctorum and the visuals had been launched by the temple administration.
Concerning the newest golden facelift, divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal on Monday stated, “The temple has obtained 60-kg gold from an nameless donor. Of it, 37 kg has been used for the gold protecting of the inside partitions of the sanctum sanctorum. Remaining 23 kg gold can be used for protecting the decrease portion of the golden dome of the principle KVT construction.”
The donor had are available in contact with the temple authorities months earlier than the formal opening of Kashi Vishwanath Dham by the PM on December 13, 2021. Following his supply of donation, the temple authorities had additionally finalised the plan that the donated gold could be used for gold plating of the inside wall of the sanctum sanctorum and likewise the decrease portion of the principle temple dome.
Agrawal stated, “A Delhi-based agency was engaged to finish this work. The artisans of the agency did casting of the inventive partitions of the sanctum sanctorum with copper sheets. After fixing it with the wall, the method of gold plating was carried out,” stated Agrawal.
That is the second main work of gold protecting of any a part of the temple after the 18th century. As per the historical past of KVT, following the reconstruction of the temple by Indore’s queen Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar in 1777, Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab had donated about one ton gold, which was used for protecting two domes of KVT.
After the 18th century, the main work for increasing the shrine space of KVT was ensured by the PM after the Bharatiya Janata Get together-led authorities was fashioned within the state in 2017. The challenge of over Rs 900-crore was launched within the title of KV Dham (hall), below which over 300 buildings had been bought and eliminated to broaden the shrine space from 2,700 sq ft to five lakh sq ft by giving it a direct connectivity with the river Ganga by way of Jalasen, Manikarnika and Lalita ghats.

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