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Vaishnodevi-like temple to come up on Swiss Alps

By Onkar Singh
November 08, 2012 16:45 IST
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With a view to spread India's devotional culture in Switzerland, Sudhir Sharma, a London-based businessman, has decided to set up a temple in green hill tops.

"I thought of setting up Mata ka mandir similar to one in Jammu Vaishnodevi temple. The prototype of the project would be ready in couple of months and would be ready in six years with an estimated cost of Rs 2,326-crore," he told rediff.com in an exclusive conversation 

Sharma said besides the Amba temple, there will be a Bhairon temple along with other temples of GOD (Generator Brahma - Operator Vishnu - Destroyer Mahesh). 

"A Vaishnodevi pilgrimage inspired me to take the initiative to spread the devotional culture of the homeland to the foreign land," he said. Sharma said that the aim is to provide a holistic experience to the tourists.

"Our youngsters have faith in the Hindu religion but are not willing to travel to India. This would boost tourism. International pilgrims or religious tourists from across the world are what we intend to focus on, especially those from India, Sri Lanka, Korea and the far east. Our endeavor shall be to redirect visitors from the traditional mountain tourism destinations such as Tibet etc to Switzerland," told rediff.com.

"Earlier, the Switzerland government was not willing to give permission to build the temple, but later we convinced them," he said, adding that the final architecture of the temple is yet to be decided.

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