Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to his home state of Gujarat, chaired a meeting of the Shree Somnath Trust on Friday in his capacity as chairman of the body that runs the famous Shiva temple in the city of Prabhas Patan. Gir Somnath district.
At the meeting, held at Raj Bhawan in Gandhinagar, the trustees gave the green light to embellish the main Shikhar (spire) with gold to restore the glory of the famous temple, an official familiar with the development said.
The temple administrators also decided to hire renowned architect Bimal Patel to create the master plan for the temple keeping in mind the future needs of the temple, the official said. Patel is the master architect for a number of public projects in the country, including the Central Vista project in New Delhi.
“In Prabhas Patan, we have large unused plots of land. In addition, we have several upcoming projects. To implement these projects in the best possible way, we have decided to hire the services of architect Patel,” said PK Laheri, one of the administrators of the temple and former chief secretary to the government of Gujarat.
Prime Minister Modi became the temple trust’s new chairman in January 2021. The position had become vacant after the death of BJP leader and former chief minister of Gujarat, Keshubhai Patel.
At the meeting, trustees commended the efforts made by the temple authorities following Cyclone Tauktae which ravaged parts of Saurashtra after making landfall near Una in Gir-Somnath district. Somnath is the first among the twelve Aadi Jyotirlings of India. Other temple administrators are Home Minister Amit Shah, former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, former Chief Secretary of Gujarat Laheri, Kolkata-based businessman Harshvardhan Neotia, and JD Parmar .
“Chaired a meeting of the Shree Somnath Trust where we discussed ongoing infrastructure upgrade measures that will benefit pilgrims and tourists. The Trust has made many efforts to make Somnath an Adarsh Teerth that will attract people from everywhere,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet on Friday.