Awaiting makeover: Visitors make a beeline for Lugu Buru Ghanta Bari in Bokaro. Picture by Pankaj Singh
One of the most respected religious and tourist centres for tribals of Jharkhand, Lugu Buru Ghanta Bari is set to be developed into a sprawling cultural hub with a Rs 5 crore revamp plan scheduled to be executed by the end of the month.
Delhi-based architect and urban planner Chaddha & Associates has already finalised an elaborate development and beautification plan for the centre, situated in Naxalite-infested Lalpania about 75 km from Bokaro steel city.
According to Bokaro deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar, architect Rajiv Chaddha has worked out an elaborate plan that includes a huge prayer hall with amenities for devotees and visitors who turn up in thousands throughout the year.
ďWork on the project will begin very soon so that we are able to complete it within a year,Ē Kumar said.
The plan envisages five huge gates to the complex. The pond near Lugu Buru temple will be beautified. Near it, a massive hall will be built, along with washrooms, to accommodate over 1,000 devotees who will be able to use the facility for prayers.
New stairs will be created to reach the hilltop, while seven ďstupasĒ of Lugu Buru will also be erected. The whole area will be well lit with power coming from the Tenughat (Lalpania) power plant.
Lugu Buru, whom Santhal tribals consider their founding father, dates back to an era before Christ. Lugu Buru possessed divine powers, allowing him to take on any form _ the tribals believe, he resides amid the hills of the region.
The nearby Lugu Buru hill has, therefore, been christened thus in memory of the time when the tribal guru and his men spent 12 long years to pray, reflect, debate and discuss their future, giving birth to a self-governing system of administration.
In July 2012, then chief minister Arjun Munda visited the centre and called for developing it as a tourist and cultural hub with the best of facilities. The work of planning the revamp was assigned to Chaddha & Associates.
In December 2012, the architect handed over the plan to the then Munda government which approved it and sanctioned funds, the Bokaro deputy commissioner added.