Mumbai, Mar 9: According to the recent release of the Maharashtra State Government, the state Finance Minister Ajit Pawar has announced that funds would be availed for the development projects of pilgrimage sites in and around Pune district. As per the statement, funds are to be provided for the development of 'Bhimashankar,' which is one of the Jyotirlingas in the Pune district along with a few Ashtavinayak Ganapati temples.
The Ashtavinayak temples that are to be developed are planned under the Ashtavinayak Temples Development Programme that include five of the eight ashtavinayak temples to be developed in Pune district, other two are to be built in Raigad and another one would be in Ahmednagar. Other than these temples, other pilgrim hotspots of Maharashtra, Jejuri Gad in Purandar and Nira Nursinghpur in Indapur have also been included in the plan for being provided fund for development. Besides, the state govt has also set aside Rs 101 crore for the restoration of eight ancient temples, including Ekvira Devi temple in Maval tehsil.