The Indian government has announced a $1.2 billion plan to build a $2.8 billion ashram in the country’s northwest, which it says will bring 2,500 visitors a year.
The plan comes amid growing concern over the threat of religious extremism.
“Ashram” is a shortened form of “temple.”
The state-run Ashram of God in Ranchi, India, will be one of the largest religious facilities in the world, with a capacity of up to 2,400 worshippers.
It will be built on a land that has been reclaimed by the surrounding area for development.
In an effort to build more ashrams in India, the government is looking to attract more tourists.
The new temple, called the Jyoti Ashram, is expected to open in 2022.
The plan to construct the new temple comes as the country is embroiled in a violent communal unrest in the northeast.
India has been experiencing a surge in violent attacks on people, particularly Muslims, in recent months.