NEW DELHI: On the occasion of the 50th Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday participated in the homage and reception ceremony of ‘Swarnim Vijay Mashaals’ at the National War Memorial here.
He was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The Prime Minister also laid a wreath at the war memorial. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh issued a commemorative stamp on the occasion.
Swarnim Vijay Varsh commemorates 50 years of India’s victory in the 1971 war and the formation of Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind will witness Bangladesh’s 50th Victory Day celebrations in Dhaka today as a guest of honour.
Last year on December 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit the Swarnim Vijay Mashaal from the Eternal Flame at the National War Memorial.
He also lit four flames that were to traverse along with different directions. Since then, these four flames have traversed across the length and breadth of the country, including to Siachen, Kanyakumari, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Longewala, Rann of Kutch, Agartala.
The flames were taken to key battle areas and also to the houses of gallantry award winners and veterans of the 1971 war.
Today, during the Homage Ceremony, these four flames will be merged by the Prime Minister with the Eternal Flame at the National War Memorial.
New India focusing on retrieving
past glory, modernizing country: Modi
Earlier in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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.
“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.
“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)