The Hindu has reported that a temple dedicated to the goddess of farming will soon be constructed in the city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where a massive temple dedicated in the name of the goddess was inaugurated by the ruling party in 2014.
The temple will have a total capacity of 50,000 tonnes of wheat, 50,400 tonnes of rice, 15,000 kg of beans, and 15,500 kg of pulses, as well as a storage facility for 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables.
The temple will be located on a hillside at the outskirts of the city.
According to the temple’s website, the temple is dedicated to “soul of Varana, goddess of fertility, health, protection, wealth, peace and fertility”.
“A temple dedicated for the goddesses fertility, fertility of life, life of the land, life in the air and life in soil will help us to bring peace and prosperity in the land,” said Varanasis chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a statement.
The god Krishna is worshipped in Hinduism and is often depicted on the back of Shiva and other deities.
The Uttar Pradesh government has been looking at the temple as a way of establishing a symbol of the state’s rich agricultural heritage.
The state government said that the project would be inaugurated in a “briefing ceremony”.
The Hindu has contacted the state government for comment.