Facts for Prelims (FFP)
Context: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed to develop a ‘Riverine Based Religious Tourism Circuit’ in Northeast India, connecting seven historic temples along the Brahmaputra River.
- Aim: The initiative aims to boost riverine tourism and strengthen the tourism sector in Assam. It also intends to establish a modern ferry service operating on a ‘Hop-On Hop-Off’ mode, allowing passengers to conveniently explore these spiritual landmarks.
- Timeline: To be completed within 12 months
- Finance: Funding will be shared between the Sagarmala Development Corporation Limited (SDCL), Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), and Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC).
Significance of the site selected:
|Kamakhya||One of the 51 Shakti Peethas; revered as a powerful goddess|
|Pandunath||An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati|
|Ashwaklanta||Sacred site associated with Lord Vishnu and his incarnation|
|Doul Govinda||Devoted to Lord Krishna; known for its Raas Leela celebrations|
|Umananda||Dedicated to Lord Shiva; situated on Umananda Island|
|Chakreshwar||Holy site with a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva|
|Auniti Satra||Prominent Vaishnavite monastery and spiritual centre|