In Varanasi's Kashi Vishwanath Temple, during the holy month of Sawan, both previous offerings records and the number of devotees have witnessed remarkable surges.
Varanasi: The construction of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham corridor has led to a significant surge in donations, with all previous records being shattered. Reports indicate that this time, devotees have contributed five times more than in the past. Following the construction of the Vishwanath Dham corridor, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of devotees visiting the site. In the current year, approximately 163.17 lakh devotees participated in the Baba Darbar during the Sawan season, collectively contributing a total of Rs 16.89 crore. Sunil Verma, the Chief Executive Officer of Dham, confirmed that offerings worth Rs 16.89 crore were received during the Sawan period of 2023.
Last year, offerings totaling Rs 3.41 crore were made
Verma disclosed that during the Sawan season of 2022, devotees contributed offerings amounting to Rs 3,40,71,065 at Baba Vishwanath’s Dham. The significant increase in offerings has been attributed to the improved darshan (sacred viewing) experience of Baba and the provision of essential amenities in the temple complex following its construction. It’s worth noting that this year, Sawan lasted for approximately 2 months due to the extra lunar month. Sunil Kumar Verma emphasized that the temple trust is consistently working to enhance facilities for devotees. He further mentioned that 50 employees are dedicated to ensuring improved arrangements and a seamless darshan experience for visitors and tourists.
Enhanced Facilities at Kashi Vishwanath Dham
The Chief Executive Officer has announced the deployment of 100 personnel to enhance security and convenience for the 200 sweepers and visitors. Additionally, a locker facility and a helpdesk have been established at the Dham. The transformation of Vishwanath Dham into its new form marked a historic milestone, and the two years since its inauguration have been equally momentous in many aspects. Notably, the number of devotees visiting the Dham has increased nearly twentyfold. What was once a 3,000 square feet area for Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham has now expanded to an impressive 500,000 square feet.