Gangtok, 6 Jan:
The Nishani Kali temple at Pendam Garhi in East Sikkim is deeply revered by people living in the area and also attracts visitors in strong numbers from elsewhere. With Chief Minister Pawan Chamling laying the foundation of a major project there today, the temple complex is set to receive a Rs 63.84 crore facelift with statues of Nishani Kali Devi and Lord Shiva.
Residents of the area revere Nishani Kali Devi as the guardian deity of the village and the temple complex also houses the local water source highly venerated by the residents of Pendam area.
"This is a huge milestone for the people of this area and State as well. Once the temple is completed, tourists will flood this place. This place not only has immense potential of strengthening the economy of the people but also has great potential for generation of employment opportunities,” the CM said, while adding that the State Government has made continuous effort and elaborate contributions towards transforming Sikkim into one of the most exclusive pilgrimage tourist destinations and added that this Kali Mandir would be different from other Kali temples of India.
The technical report of the project reveals that the main statue complex will be established on the commanding hill top over Pendam Garhi spread over 5 acres and will feature two statues - of Nishani Kali Devi in standing pose and Lord Shiva in supine pose.
The statue will be 54 ft in height and tower at 70 feet when measured from the base.
The Kharga Nisani Kali Marg will lead the devotees to the main temple complex.
The temple complex will include an exhibition hall, a prayer hall, waiting lounge, offices, storage facilities, including water storage, electricity transformer sub stations and a parking area half a kilometre below the main temple complex.
The land belonged to the Ghimirey family and Punya Prasad Dahal and was acquired by the Ecclesiastical Affairs Department for more than Rs 3 cr. One acre of land was also donated free by the Ghimirey family.
An approach road, designed in keeping with Vaastu Shastra principles will lead to the temple, it is further informer.
Devotees thanked the State government for the grand project.
Tourism Minister Ugen T Gyasto, Agriculture Minister Somnath Poudyal, area MLA Gopal Baraily along with officials of Tourism and other line departments were present for the function.