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On the completion of the 200th years of the foundation of Mata Mansa Devi temple, the shrine board has decided to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the events to be organised to commemorate the occasion.

The decision was taken in the meeting of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal in Sector 1 here on Friday. The CM approved a budget of more than Rs 18.87 crore for the temple for 2016-17.

Giving his nod for the proposal, Lal asked the officials to send a request to the Prime Minister’s Office at the earliest. Besides, the central government will also be requested to issue a postage stamp to mark the occasion.
The Haryana government has decided to commemorate two centuries of the foundation of the temple by organising a series of cultural and religious functions every month.

Talking about Sanskrit colleges to be set up in the state, including one at Mansa Devi Complex, the chief minister said all Sanskrit mahavidyalayas will be affiliated with the Sanskrit University proposed to be set up at Mundari village in Kaithal district.

He also directed the chief secretary to accelerate the process of getting the Gurukuls affiliated with the Haryana School Education Board.

He directed the principal secretary, Urban Local Bodies, to examine the vigilance inquiry report on gold and silver jewellery and recommend action against the officials held guilty.

On maintaining cleanliness on the shrine premises, especially during Navratras, the chief minister directed a study on the technical feasibility of covering the nullah close to the main entry of the temple. Besides, proper sanitation and cleanliness should be maintained on the complex, he added.

While reviewing the progress of solar energy project being set up at the Shrine Board office, the chief minister urged the board to increase solar power generation at Mansa Devi temple and Kali Mata Temple, Kalka.

Lal also approved the proposal to hike the normal hawan charges from Rs 1,001 to Rs 2,100 on the premises of Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine, Panchkula.

He also approved the proposal to construct a toilet block behind the Yagyashala between Puja Bhawan and Yagyashala at Rs 5.5 lakh to facilitate general public. He also approved a proposal to construct an old age home behind Luxmi Bhawan at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore.

He also approved a proposal to give the main inside dome of the temple a new look by installing a 5-kg gold chatra inside the dome in the shrine. The other available quantity of gold will be used for purchasing gold bonds from the State Bank of India, which will bring the board a return of 2.25 per cent.