Devotees at Kashi Vishwanath Temple to wear Khadi slippers
Handmade paper slipper manufacturing unit to be inaugurated on Jan. 14
New Delhi, Jan. 10 (Delhi Crown): From Jan. 14, i.e. Makar Sankranti, devotees visiting the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and hundreds of temple workers will no longer need to enter the temple premises barefoot.
They will have the option of wearing Khadi handmade paper “Use & Throw” slippers @ Rs 50 per pair.
The skippers made by “Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC)” will be sold from the sales outlet located at the parking lot of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor.
The slippers will be sold by Kashi Hastkala Pratisthan, a registered Khadi Institution in Varanasi.
A handmade paper slipper manufacturing unit will be inaugurated by the Mahant of Kashi Vishwanath Temple on January 14.
KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said the “use & throw” slippers made of handmade paper will maintain the sanctity of the temple and at the same time will also save devotees from heat and cold during harsh weather conditions.
Also, these slippers will prevent any kind of pollution as they are made of natural fibres.
“These handmade paper slippers will uphold the sanctity of the temple. These slippers are made of 100% eco-friendly material. The use of these slippers in temple premises will also create sustainable employment for Khadi artisans. KVIC will be selling these slippers from 14th January,” Saxena said.
The development comes in wake of the jute slippers sent by the Prime Minister for the workers of Kashi Vishwanath Temple after he learnt that most of the people working at the temple performed their duty barefoot. It is forbidden to wear footwear made of leather or rubber on the temple premises.
The entire workforce of the temple including the priests, security guards, sanitation workers and people performing seva have to abide by this rule.