It’s not at all a myth now that the ancients did possess ample sources of renewable energy, that the temples did serve, not only as places of spiritual gatherings but also the centers of healing and stations of electricity. What might be their chief energy source? It’s the Sun, undoubtedly! That’s why our ancients gave much priority to the sun, and did you know the great Sun temple of Konark, in 2020 was chosen by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for complete solarisation?

This can be a futuristic initiative. This gave the intent for the Ministry to primarily solarise all the main cities in India; as this project aims to convey a message of the relation between the modern aspect of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple. It also emphasizes the importance of promoting solar energy to be used at a large scale.

Currently, India has the fifth largest Solar Installed capacity in the world. But, due to the favourable solar energy drawing climatic conditions in the country, a plenty amount of solar energy can be harvested, which can be harnessed for optimum utilization.

As the part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav during the week 23-27 August 2021, in a webinar organised on 24th August, The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy focussed on the ‘Solarization of Indian Cities’ with the support of the World Bank. They’re initially aiming to make six cities in each state to install solar panels on the roof tops. However, they’re aiming for a complete solarisation of all the big temples in the country. It’d be wonderful that this initiative would bring, not only the cities and temples, but all the villages under solarisation.

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari