Historic Simaria Dham all set for massive facelift with Bihar CM launching a renovation project
Patna : In yet another boost to Bihar’s tourism potential, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will on Tuesday lay the foundation stone for the Rs 115 cr revitalization project of the historic Simaria Dham. A place of great cultural and religious significance, Simaria along the Ganga attracts devotees from India as well as neighboring countries of Nepal and Bhutan, during the month-long Kalpvas Mela.
Water Resources Minister Sanjay Kumar Jha informed that this is a dream project for CM, and will ensure that devotees have access to finest facilities and experience at this holy site. He further said that the project encompasses the construction of a riverfront and stairs leading to the ghat, the establishment of modern amenities for pilgrims visiting the site during Makar Sankranti in the Kalpvas Mela area, and a dedicated location for the Ganga aarti. Additionally, the project includes the construction of a watchtower, shaded canopy, pathway, park, landscaping, and parking facility.
The month-long Kalpvas mela, which has been held since time immemorial, witnesses pilgrims stay here for days and bathe in the Ganges. Their temporary, make-shift tents remain pilgrims’ abode for days as they cherish the blessings of the pious river while sacrificing the comfort of their routine lives. Folklore has it that the mela or fair has been in existence in this part of the Mithila region since the time of King Janak, father of Maa Sita.
Jha informed that a Detailed Project Report over development of Simaria Dham has been prepared on the direction of the chief minister. An estimated cost for the development stands at ₹114.97 crore. “Last year, Hon CM had himself visited Simaria during Kalpvas Mela. During his visit, he interacted with the pilgrims. He later reviewed the concept plan developed by the WRD. He wants Simaria ghat to develop like the Har Ki Pouri in Hardwar or even better," Jha said.
The icing on the cake for the project is that it shall also benefit the neighboring areas by preventing erosion and flooding. It has the potential to become a significant destination for religious tourism, as religious events take place there throughout the year. Moreover, it holds immense sacredness for the entire Mithila region, being considered the most holy site even for last rites. More amenities will be added to the Muktidham at Simaria.