Religious Tourism

Maha sanctions funds for 3 shrines

NASHIK: The state government has sanctioned Rs 5.41 crore to develop infrastructure at Chandanapuri, Dabhadi and Galane — the three locations of religious importance in neighbouring Malegaon tehsil.

Minister of state for cooperation Dadaji Bhuse, who represents Malegaon in the Assembly, on Tuesday said all the three religious centres have been included in the “B grade religious tourism destinations” from this year.

“The rural development department has sanctioned Rs 5.41 crore for the three places as part of its religious tourism development programme. Earlier, these locations were in the ‘C grade tourism destinations’ category. With the upgrade in the status, the three places will now get more funds from the state government,” he said.

The first phase of the funds will be released before the state budget and work will begin at the respective venues by the end of February.

Chandanapuri is one of the important religious destinations for the followers of Lord Khandoba.

“The presiding deity of the temple is a traditional family-deity of many residents in north Maharashtra. We host grand fairs thrice a year and receive over 1 lakh devotees during these events. Construction of residential complexes and cement roads would be done on a priority basis in Chandanpuri,” said Sumit Lokhande, one of the trustees of the temple.

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