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New Delhi, February 14, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi on February 16 to dedicate to the nation the Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial and unveil a statue. He will also flag off the Mahakaal Express linking the three Jyotirlinga pilgrim centres of Varanasi, Ujjain and Omkareshwar.
Modi will also launch or inaugurate several developmental projects including a 430-bed super-specialty government hospital during the one-day visit to his Parliamentary constituency.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to participate in the closing ceremony of the centenary celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul. He will be releasing the translated version of the Shri Siddhant Shikhamani Granth in 19 languages.
Dr Chandrasekhar Shivacharya Mahaswami, Head of the Gurukul said the Prime Minister would also release a mobile app of the Granth.
Later, after inaugurating the Memorial Centre, he will also unveil the 63-feet Pancha Loha statue of Upadhyaya. This will be the largest statue of the leader in the country. More than 200 artisans were working day and night for the last one year to complete the statue.
The Memorial Centre will also have the engravings of the life and times of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. About 30 Odisha craftsmen and artists worked on the project during the past year.
Later, the Prime Minister, at a public function, will be dedicating to the nation over 30 projects. These include the 430-bed super speciality Government hospital at Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya (BHU) and a 74-bed psychiatry hospital at BHU.
He will flag off the IRCTC’s Maha Kaal Express through video link. The train will connect the three Jyotirlinga pilgrim centres of Varanasi, Ujjain and Omkareshwar. This would be first overnight journey private train in the country.
Modi will inaugurate the two-day 'Kashi Ek Roop Anek' exhibition at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Hastakala Sankul. He will interact with buyers and artisans coming from different countries of the world including the United States, the UK and Australia.
'Kashi Ek Roop anek' will showcase products from over 100 artisans from all over Uttar Pradesh. Artists and weavers at the event will also be imparted skills for improving the quality and branding of their wares suitable to the larger national and international markets.