Accessibility July 3, 2018
Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath temple will soon become disabled-friendly!
The famous Kashi Vishwanath temple is Varanasi can now look forward to even more devotees! The temple management has decided to make this historic place of worship accessible to people with disabilities.
The committee has started building ramps on the staircase. Battery-operated wheelchairs will also be provided to make the entry and exit hassle-free.
This will make Kashi Vishwanath temple the second in the country to introduce facilities for people with disabilities. The first one to take a step in this direction was the Mahakaaleshwar temple in Ujjain.
Vishal Singh, CEO, Kashi Vishwanath temple says the changes will be completed in one year.
Ramps are being built at a separate entry point from the side of the adjoining Gyanvapi mosque to ensure that disabled devotees visiting the temple are not caught in a crowd or any stampede-like situation.
The temple management committee will hire volunteers to run the battery-operated wheelchairs for disabled devotees free of cost. The mobile numbers of the volunteers will be displayed at all entry points. Anyone needing the service should just call them.
There will also be a special headphone connected with the Google navigation system for blind and visually impaired devotees. The headphone will automatically keep guiding the blind devotees through voice call about the temple route.
Blind and visually impaired devotees will also be given a hi-tech stick that will scan for obstacles in the way and vibrate to alert. Display boards containing the history and all information of the Kashi Vishwanath temple are also being designed in Braille.
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