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PM visits Sant Ravidas temple on his 639th birth anniversary


Agencies, Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Ravidas temple at Seer Gowardhanpur on the occasion of the 639th birth anniversary of the saint. Mr Modi took the idol’s blessings later joined the ‘langar’ (prasad) by sitting on the floor of the temple along with priests and other VVIPs. During his around 15 minutes stay in the temple, first to be visited by any Prime Minister on the birth anniversary, Mr Modi wore a light saffron colour head scarf given by the priests.

A portrait of the temple was also presented to him. The PM also had a brief discussion with the temple authorities about the temple. Union Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thavar Chand Ghelot and his deputy Vijay Sampla were also present along with the Prime Minister at the temple. He reached the temple at around 10:05 hrs and left for the BHU convocation at around 10:27 hrs.

Before leaving for the Saint Ravidas temple from DLW guest house, where he stayed for the night, tweeted ,”I bow to Guru Ravidas ji on his Jayanti. His thoughts & emphasis on social reform & equality transformed our society & enriched it greatly.” Mr Modi had reached the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport at Babatpur last night and headed for DLW guesthouse for night stay by road. He came from Kolkata where he attended the centenary function of Guydia Math. He also visited Chhattisgarh and Odisha before reaching Varanasi.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and state minister Durga Prasad Yadav, representative of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, along with other district officials welcomed the Prime Minister at the airport. The Prime Minister will attend the programme and the 98th convocation function of the BHU later in the day.

The Varanasi authorities would be on their toes today, as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also expected to visit the city to attend a programme at the birthplace of Saint Ravidas. This will be the first visit of Mr Kejriwal to Varanasi after he lost to Mr Modi in the Lok Sabha polls while after 2014 polls , this would be the first time that both the leaders would be in the city on the same day.

However, Mr Kejriwal will reach Varanasi just before Mr Modi leaves the city in the afternoon. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Mr Ghelot and his deputy are in the city for the events.

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