India is getting a religious theme park, planned for Kankhal in Haridwar. The theme park will be based on 52 Shakti Peethas, significant shrines and pilgrimage destinations in Shaktism.
The attraction is part of the state government’s ambitious project to develop tourist destinations in thirteen districts of the state of Uttarakhand.
The government has identified 10 hectares of land in Haridwar to develop the religious theme park, according to Hindustan Times.
The land is located at Devpur Ahatmal, close to the Shri Daksheshwar Mahadev temple in Kankhal, where Sati (Parvati) plunged into fire and formed 52 Shakti Peethas.
Replicas of shrines in one location
District magistrate Haridwar C Ravi Shankar sad a detailed project report will soon be submitted to the state government.
“Basic infrastructural facilities, amenities, development of nearby tourist and religious places of importance will also be done under this project,” said Shankar.
“At the chosen site a grand religious theme park featuring all the revered 52 Shakti Peethas will be featured, which will be one of its kind.
“It surely will draw pilgrims and tourists from across the country.”
‘Theme park is almost a shrine itself’
District tourism officer Haridwar Seema Nautiyal said that the 52 shrines theme park is unique, as pilgrims and tourists will get the chance to experience replicas of the shrines in one location.
“Replica structures of all the 52 shrines spread in India and outside will be a unique concept, which will provide one place for people to know about revered shrines, whose pilgrimage is of utmost religious significance for devotees,” said Mahant Hari Giri Maharaj, general secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad.
“These Shakti Peethas are mentioned in Vedic texts and scriptures so putting them all together at one place will make the theme park almost a shrine itself,” he added.
Meanwhile, India is investing heavily in tourism projects. These include an energy park at Koradi, a Buddhist theme park at Futala, and a tourism circuit in Saurashtra.