Nitish Now Zeroes in on Developing Sita's Birthplace in Bihar

Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi in Sitamarhi on Tuesday.

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Sitamarhi: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after successfully making the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh, the Sikh's 10th religious leader a national event; and just yesterday opening a 3-day celebration in honor of the hero of the Sepoy Mutiny Veer Kunwar Singh, has now set his eyes on Sita, the wife of Lord Ram, to promote Sitamarhi as the official site of her birth.

Kumar laid the foundation stone for the renovation of a Sita temple in Punauradham in Sitamarhi district.

To be developed as part of the proposed Ramayan Circuit, also a brainchild of Nitish Kumar, the ambitious Rs. 48.53 crore project includes beautification of a pond believed to be from the ancient time; renovation of the Sita Temple, sound and laser show, and electrification of the area

Accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav, and a number of local priests and senior bureaucrats, the Chief Minister visited Sita temples in Punauradham and Sitamarhi where he talked about the historical importance of the place. He also inaugurated a children's playground in Dumra named Janaki Bal Udyan.

"Goddess Janaki is the ultimate in women empowerment. It is a matter of great pride that Sitamarhi is the land of Janaki Mata and we will develop it so her character and sacrifices are never forgotten," Kumar said.

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