Indore, May 8 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said Janapav -- birthplace of Bhagwan Parashuram -- would be developed into an international pilgrim centre.
Mr Chouhan was addressing a massive public meeting at Janapav today. He performed Bhoomi Pujan for development works worth about 11 crore there on the occasion.
Former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi presided over the function attended among others by state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar, vice-president Anil Dave, PWD Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya, Water Resources Minister Anup Mishra, Urban Administration and Development Minister Narottam Mishra and Public Relations, Culture and Mineral Resources Minister Laxamikant Sharma.
Mr Chouhan said the life and deeds of Bhagwan Parashuram inspire us to serve humanity setting aside personal ego. The message of his life is that power is to be used to promote common weal. He freed the earth from atrocious and unjust rulers.
He announced that there would be a government holiday on Parashuram Jayanti from next year. A panchayat of pujaris would be convened to solve their problems.
Pointing it that it was duty of every government to preserve Indian culture, he said the government was making all out efforts in this direction. The government has decided to share 50 per cent expenditure incurred on pilgrimage to Mansarovar. The same facility would be provided to the pilgrims going to Hinglajgarh.
He said 'karmbhumi' of freedom fighter Tantya Bhil near Mhow would be developed. He said great saint and seers hallow the soil of Madhya Pradesh and there are many sacred places here. All the places that Lord Rama visited during Van Gaman would be developed. A Sanskrit University would be established in the state. A comprehensive law has been framed and forwarded to the centre for approval to check cow slaughter. Similarly, a bill to curb conversions has also been sent to the centre. The assent on both the bills is still awaited.
The Chief Minister accorded sanction for various development works at Janapav including construction of a road from A B road to Janapav, electrification of the road, drinking water arrangement, renovation of pond, construction of a grand temple and a Dharmshala, ambulatory path, museum, research seat, Bhojnalaya and a huge gate on A B road.
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