New India focusing
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VARANASI (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that today’s India is focusing both on retrieving the glory of the nation and modernizing the country.

Speaking after inaugurating the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project at his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, the Prime Minister said, “Today’s new India is not only constructing the temple at Ayodhya but also constructing Medical Colleges in every district. Today’s new India is not only renovating Kashi Vishwanath Dham but also building pukka houses for our poor.”

“Today’s India not only beautifies the Somnath temple but is also laying optical fibres in the sea. Today’s India is not only renovating the Baba Kedarnath temple but is excelling in the space projects,” he said.

VARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a public meeting, at swarved Mahamandir Dham in Varanasi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

“No matter how big the challenge is, we Indians know how to defeat it,” he added.

Before inaugurating the Rs 339 crore project here, PM Modi had greeted the labourers who were involved in the construction of the project with flowers.

PM Modi also offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and planted a Rudraksha tree at the premises of the temple.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth and BJP national president JP Nadda were also present at the event.

Kashi Vishwanath Dham

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday termed the Kashi Vishwanath Dham as the testament to India’s culture and ancient history and said that visiting the iconic temple would give an experience of both faith and the glory of the past.

Speaking after inaugurating the Rs 339 crore project here, the Prime Minister said, “Vishwanath Dham is a testament of India’s culture and ancient history. It is a testament to the fact that how our ancient values are guiding us towards our future.”

“When you come here, you will not see only faith. You will also feel the glory of your past here. You will see how pracheenta (ancient) and naventa (modern) come alive together. This whole new complex of Vishwanath Dham is not just a grand building. This is a symbol of the Sanatan culture of our India!” PM Modi said.

VARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda chairs a meeting of the Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states, in Varanasi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

“Baba Vishwanath belongs to everyone, Maa Ganga belongs to everyone, and with the completion of Kashi Vishwanath Dham, everyone, including the divyangs, will be able to easily come to the temple,” he said.

“Earlier, the temple area here which was only three thousand square feet, has now become about 5 lakh square feet. Now 50 to 75 thousand devotees can come to the temple and temple premises. Today, the spread of the project area stands at a massive 5 lakh square feet, earlier the premises were limited to just 3,000 square feet,” he added.

Before inaugurating the project, in his Lok Sabha constituency, the Prime Minister greeted the labourers who were involved in the construction of the project with flowers.

PM Modi offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and planted a Rudraksha tree at the premises of the temple. (ANI)

Kashi witnessed destruction by Aurangzeb

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Kashi “imperishable” and a “class-apart” and said that even though it has witnessed destruction, it has also witnessed the valour of brave warriors.

Addressing the public at the inaugurating ceremony of the Rs 339 crore project Kashi Vishwanath Dham at Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, PM Modi said, “Kashi has always been class-apart. Even though it has witnessed destruction by someone like Aurangzeb, it also witnessed the valour of leaders like Shivaji and Ahilya Bai Holkar.”

“Kashi is imperishable. Only one government exists in Kashi, it is the government of those who have damru in their hands,” he added.

“If any Salar Masood moves here, then brave warriors like King Suheldev make him feel the power of our unity,” he said.

Calling Kashi a “centre of devotion”, PM Modi said, “Kashi is the place where Goswami Tulsidas ji wrote Ramcharitmanas, with the inspiration of Lord Shiva. The realization of Lord Buddha happened here. Sages like Kabirdas lived here. Kashi became the centre of devotion.”

“From the integrity of King Harishchandra to the knowledge of Vallabhacharya, Ramanand ji. There are many sages and acharyas rooted in this holy land of Kashi,” he added.

Before inaugurating the project, in his Lok Sabha constituency, the Prime Minister greeted the labourers involved in the construction of the project with flowers.

PM Modi also offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and planted a Rudraksha tree at the premises of the temple. (ANI)