Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Guruvayur to offer prayers at Lord Sree Krishna temple and address a public rally during a two-hour visit on Saturday morning.
The Prime Minister, after arriving in Kochi at 2330 hrs on Friday, would stay at Ernakulam Guest House. He will fly by a Navy helicopter on Saturday morning to Guruvayur and reach the temple by 0930 hrs. After spending nearly one hour inside the temple, he will address an ‘Abhinandan Sabha’ organised by BJP at the nearby Sri Krishna High School grounds at 1100 hrs.
According to KB Mohandas, Chairman Guruvayur Dewasom Board, Mr Modi had expressed his desire to offer Thulabharam (a special offering where the devotee is weighed against a commodity of his choice) with lotus flowers. The Prime Minister wanted to pay his obeisance for the massive victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections. He will offer special poojas.
“The temple administration has ordered 112 kilograms of lotus flowers from Nagarcoil in Tamil Nadu that will be required for the pooja ,” Mr Mohandas said.
Security has been beefed up in Ernakulam and Thrissur districts in connection with the Prime Minister’s visit. Mr Modi had visited Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2008 and had offered Thulabharam with lotus flowers.
District collector T V Anupama and senior SPG and police officials visited the temple town and monitored the security arrangements.
Guruvayur temple is believed to be 5,000 years old and its current central shrine was rebuilt in 1638. The temple bars entry for non-Hindus. Mr Modi will leave Kochi International Airport in a special flight at 1400 hrs on way to Maldives.