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Riverine-Based Religious Tourism Circuit

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: BS

 

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:

SiteSpiritual Significance
KamakhyaOne of the 51 Shakti Peethas; revered as a powerful goddess
PandunathAn ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati
AshwaklantaSacred site associated with Lord Vishnu and his incarnation
Doul GovindaDevoted to Lord Krishna; known for its Raas Leela celebrations
UmanandaDedicated to Lord Shiva; situated on Umananda Island
ChakreshwarHoly site with a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
Auniti SatraProminent Vaishnavite monastery and spiritual centre

 

About Brahmaputra River:

 The Brahmaputra River (source: Chemayungdung glacier) originates in southwestern Tibet and shares its source area with the Indus and Satluj Rivers. It flows through a depression formed by the Indus-Tsangpo Structure Zone, cutting through the Himalayas and entering Arunachal Pradesh as the Dihang River. After merging with the Lohit and Dibang streams, it is known as the Brahmaputra. The river’s left bank is fed by the Dhansiri, Lohit, and Dibang Rivers, while the right bank receives the Subansiri, Kameng, Manas, and Sankosh Rivers.