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Punaura Dham

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  • February 4, 2022
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Punaura Dham

Part of: Prelims and GS-I Culture 

Context: As per the request received from the State Government of Bihar, Ministry of Tourism has included Punaura Dham in the Ramayana circuit of Swadesh Darshan Scheme

  • The destination of Punaura Dham has been recently included under PRASHAD Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Punaura Dham, considered to be the birthplace of Hindu Goddess Sita.
  • The shrine compound has a Ram Janki temple, a pond called Sita Kund and a hall.

PRASHAD Scheme

  • The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’ (PRASAD).
  • Launched by: Ministry of Tourism (2014-15).
  • It was changed from PRASAD to “National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD)” in October 2017.
  • Objective
    • Holistic development of identified pilgrimage destinations; 
    • Rejuvenation and spiritual augmentation of important pilgrimage and heritage sites; 
    • Follow community-based development and create awareness among the local communities;
    • Strengthen the mechanism for bridging the infrastructural gaps.

Swadesh Darshan Scheme

  • It is a Central Sector Scheme launched in 2014 -15.
  • Objective: 
    • Integrated development of theme based tourist circuits in the country; 
    • To position the tourism sector as a major engine for job creation
  • The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for infrastructure development of circuits.

News Source: TOI

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