Naimisharanya set to get back its ancient glory

UP government together with a civil society body plans to develop forest cover, restore dried Chitwa river
Naimisharanya set to get back its ancient glory

Lucknow: The history of Naimisharanya or Neemsar, located on the banks of the Gomti river in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh, traces back to an unfathomable antiquity. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the Hindus. Thousands of people flock to this place every year.

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Keeping that in mind, the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Aditya Nath has planned to restore its ancient glory, sources in the UP government said on Thursday. A civil society organisation, Lok Bharti, has begun to work for revamping the place.

The organisation has sought assistance for the project from various government departments, sources said, adding that the social welfare body has been working for the development of Naimisharanya since 2011. As part of the plan, a large forest cover will be developed in the area, because the place was known for its dark deep woods which attracted thousands of saints and philosophers of ancient India to this place.

There will be 11 teams to work for the project. The forest department, the district administration of Sitapur and that of Hardoi have decided to work together with Lok Bharti to plant saplings of various medicinal trees and restore ponds. A member of the organisation Brijendra Pal Singh said that they would select 20 villages in Naimisharanya and revive the dying ponds.

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Another measure will be to revive the Chitwa river which has dried up with the passage of time. The river used to flow through 20 villages in the area. Naimisharanya is also aassociated with sage Dadhichi who, according to mythology, gave away his bones to make thunder to kill a demon.