JOY ROY CHOUDHURY – Kolkata
Devotees of Goddess Amba (Shakti) will now be able to undertake the entire pilgrimage of ’51 Shaktipeeths’ (temples), that are located in the Indian subcontinent comprising of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Mansarovar in Tibet, in Gujarat itself. This unique project, with replicas of 51 Shaktipeeths will be commissioned shortly at Mount Gabbar in Ambaji. Vipul Mittra, principal secretary, department of tourism and civil aviation, Government of Gujarat said, “The exact replicas of the 51 Shaktipeeths are being set up on a three km stretch at Mount Gabbar in Ambaji at a cost of Rs 50 crore and will be commissioned in September this year. As the Shaktipeeths have been exactly replicated, they will have either idol of the goddess or Yantra as the original ones.We are expecting to get 24 lakh more tourists to visit the Shaktipeeths annually once it is commissioned.