Ahmedabad, June 18 (Agency)
A few months after the dargah, built over 500 years ago over the famous Mahakali temple in Gujarat’s Panchmahal district, was shifted with the consent of its caretakers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unfurled the traditional ensign at the top of the temple. Modi said on the occasion, “The flag hoisted on the Mahakali temple is not only a symbol of spirituality, but it shows that our faith is strong despite the passage of centuries.” are being re-installed. The spire of the temple was destroyed about 500 years ago by Sultan Mahmud Begada. However, the spire of the 11th century temple on the Pavagadh hill has been restored as part of a redevelopment plan and the Prime Minister hoisted the flag on its top. “The ensign was not hoisted over the Mahakali temple for five centuries, even during the 75 years of independence,” Modi said. “The flag hoisted on the temple is not only a symbol of our spirituality, but it also says that centuries pass, ages pass, but our faith remains eternal,” he said. Modi said that the dream of lakhs of devotees has come true today when the temple stands in its full glory like in ancient times.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the redeveloped Mahakali Temple. The temple is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and is visited by lakhs of pilgrims every year. An official of the temple said that the original spire of the temple was demolished by Sultan Mahmud Begada during the attack on Champaner in the 15th century. He told that the dargah of Pir Sadanshah was built on top of the temple shortly after the shikhara was demolished. Significantly, the Mahakali temple has been redeveloped at a cost of Rs 125 crore, which includes widening of the steps of the temple situated on the hill and beautification of the surrounding area. The new temple complex is built in three levels and is spread over an area of 30,000 square feet.