Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, Jan 6
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone for construction of the statue of Nishani Kali Devi in Central Pendam, East Sikkim on Sunday.
Rupees 63.84 crores project of 54-foot copper statue will be constructed at Gadi, above Central Pendam.
Minister for Tourism, Shri Ugen T Gyatso, Agriculture Minister Shri Somnath Poudyal, area MLA Shri Gopal Baraily along with officials of Tourism and other line departments were present during the function.
CM Chamling has congratulated the people of the area and wished that people take benefit from such noble initiatives of the government.
Chief Minister said that this Kali Devi temple will benefit the people of the Central Pendam. “This is a huge milestone for the people of this area and State as well. Once the temple is complete, tourists will flood this place. This place not only has immense potential of strengthening the economy of the people but also has great potential for generation of employment opportunities” said the Chief Minister
The Nishani Kali temple at Pendam is not just deeply revered by the people living in the area but also has a deep historic link of the past.
The locals have expressed thankfulness to the state government for fulfilling a long pending demands of devotees and locals. There are many historic and mythological narratives to this temple.
Some locals believed the temple to be from the “Satya yuga” of Hindu cosmology attaching the temple to the legend of Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali.
In another narrative, it is said that the temple was built by the Gorkha army on the fort occupied by members of the Sikkimese royal family. The temple complex also houses the local water source highly venerated by the residents of the area.
Residents of the area prayed Goddess Nishani Kali as the protecting guardian deity of the village.
TT Bhutia while presenting the technical report stated that the main statue complex will be established the commanding hill top over Gadi over 5 acres of land with two statues of Nishani Kali devi in standing pose and Lord Shiva in supine posture.
Kharga Nisani Kali Marg will lead the devotees to the main temple complex.
The state of the art temple complex will have an exhibition hall, a prayer hall, waiting lounge, offices, storage facilities including water storage, electrical transformer sub stations and a parking area half a kilometer below the main temple complex.
One Acre of land was donated by the Ghimirey family. An approach road will lead the devotees to the temple which will be constructed fully in accordance to Vaastu Shastra.
Devotees have thanked the government for constructing a grand temple of Nishani Kali Devi who is not just a Goddess but deeply linked to the Sikkimese ethos and history, they stated.