The Swadeshi Darshan Scheme and the Prasad Project initiated by the Union Ministry of Tourism will be of great help in national integration, Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan has said.
Mr. Rajasekharan was inaugurating the State-level work on the Kerala Spiritual Tourism Circuit project under the Swadeshi Darshan scheme at an official function at St. Stephen’s Auditorium here on Saturday.
He said basic infrastructure should be developed at major places of worship across the State to promote pilgrim tourism in Kerala.
The Union Ministry of Tourism had included 133 places of worship in its Spiritual Tourism Circuit in the State for providing improved infrastructure at an estimated cost of ₹88.22 crore.
Mr. Rajasekharan said the Centre had selected 19 places of worship in Pathanamthitta for the project and had already sanctioned ₹10.72 crore for the same.
Thiruvalla St. John’s Cathedral; Eraviperoor Sreekumar Nagar; Kaviyur Mahadevar Temple; Kottangal Muslim Juma-at; Sree Parthasarathy Temple at Adoor; Adoor Muslim Juma-at Trust; Indian Pentacostal Church at Kumbanad; Cherukol Subramanya Swami Temple; St. Tomas Knanaya Church at Ranni; Thrikkomala Noor Muhammadiya Juma Masjid in Ranni; Vaikuntapuram Sree Krishna Swamy Temple; Ottathekku St. George Orthodox Church at Chandanappally; Juma Masjid at Chittar; Koonamkara Sabari Sarana Ashram near Perinad; Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Parishad; St. Mary’s Syrian Orthodox Church at Niranom; Pathanamthitta Juma Masjid; Paduthodu Sree Ayyappa Trust; and the Thrikkapaleeswarom Dakshinamurthy Temple at Niranom, are among the places in the district that have been included in the Spiritual Tourism Circuit.