The Banke Bihari Temple in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, is getting a makeover with a special corridor plan. This corridor will make it easier for people to reach the Krishna temple through three different pathways. It’s kind of like creating special lanes for devotees.
This whole project is going to cost around ₹262 crore, and the government of Uttar Pradesh is paying for it. The area they’re planning to build this on is about 5 acres, and once it’s done, more than 10,000 people can be there at once.
The plan is to make it simpler for people to visit the temple by having three main ways to get there: Jugalghat, Vidyapeeth intersection, and the Jadoun parking area. They’re building a big structure around the temple, which will have two floors.
The lower floor will have a big entrance area covering about 11,300 square meters. There will be shops there selling things used for prayers, and also, there will be paintings of Lord Krishna’s stories on the walls, which will be pretty to look at.
There’s going to be a special waiting area for people visiting the temple that will cover about 3,500 square meters. Then, there will be an open space of about 5,113 square meters where different things can happen.
But not everyone is happy about this plan. Some local people and shop owners are worried that they might have to move or that their normal lives might get disturbed because of all this construction. They’ve even written letters using their blood to the Chief Minister, asking him to stop the project.
Despite this, the court said it’s okay for the government to go ahead with the plan as long as it doesn’t bother people who want to pray at the Banke Bihari Temple.
Vrindavan, where this temple is located, is a very famous place for people who love Lord Krishna.
This plan for the temple corridor is part of a bigger idea by the government to make religious places more tourist-friendly. They’ve done similar things in other temples too. For example, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened a special corridor at the Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, last year.