Modi attends Ganga Aarti, holds meeting with CMs and inspects key development projects in Varanasi
Varanasi, December 14, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Ganga Aarti in Varanasi on Monday evening, hours after inaugurating the Kashi Vishwanath Dham.
Ganga Aarti is performed on the ghats of Varanasi in the evening led by priests chanting prayers to the holy river Ganga. During the ceremony, devotees set afloat hundred of thousands of earthen "diyas" (oil lamps) on the river.
The Prime Minister later posted a tweet on the microblogging website Twitter that the "aarti" at Kashi always fills the heart with new energy.
"Today, after the fulfilment of a big dream of the people of the city (completion of the Vishwanath Dham project) was present at the Ganga Aarti in Dashashwamedh Ghat and bowed before Ganga Maa. Namami Gange Tava Pada Pankajam," he said.
Later, he held a meeting with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states. The Prime Minister also inspected key development works in Varanasi. In a tweet, he said the Government endeavoured to create the best possible infrastructure for this sacred city.
Modi visited the Railway Station. He said “Next stop…Banaras station. We are working to enhance rail connectivity as well as ensure clean, modern and passenger-friendly railway stations.”
His inspection of development projects late at night was with a focus to cause minimum inconvenience to the public, an official press release said.
Modi, who represents Varanasi in the Lok Sabha, also mingled with the people.