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India To Promote Religious Tourism In Ayodhya
November 07, 2011
India To Promote Religious Tourism In Ayodhya


07 November 2011

Sandeep Gupta, Ayodhya:

Union Tourism Ministry of India has revealed plans to promote religious tourism in Ayodhya. Being birth place of Lord Rama, Ayodhya has potential to become religious tourism destination.

This was announced by the Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay on Sunday. He also said that Central Govt would spend Rs. 10 crore in this financial year to promote religious tourism in Ayodhya.

Subodh Kant Sahay also said that centre has already allocated Rs 5 crore for tourism development in Ayodhya. He blamed the state goverment for not coming up with any proposal. He insisted that Central Govt is willing to fund for tourism development in Ayodhya, however state government is not showing any interest.

He also pressed the need of promoting religious tourism in India. Subodh Kant Sahay believe that Hindu Pilgim has lots of potential to attract international tourists however states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Orrisa have not been able to develop religious tourism.

It would have to be seen if Subodh Kant Sahay is serious regarding the statement on Ayodhya or its just a political stunt to woo Hindu voters in the upcoming UP elections. There are over 100 temples dedicated to Lord Rama in Ayodhya. All are architectural marvels, however govt has not done anything in past 100 years on the maintenence of these temples. If central govt is really serious about developing religious tourism in Ayodhya, then it should renovate some big temples in the holy town.