Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, making history as the first serving Prime Minister to do so. Get the details here.
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Prime Minister Modi’s Historic Visit to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made history by becoming the first serving Prime Minister to visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam. This visit is part of Mr. Modi’s spiritual tour to various temples in the country, leading up to the Pran Prathistan of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22.
The Prime Minister’s Spiritual Journey
Dressed in traditional veshti and angavastram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent over an hour at the temple, offering worship at different sannidhis within the sprawling temple complex. His visit was marked by piety and religious fervor.
A Reverent Reception
Mr. Modi reverentially accepted the Poorna Kumbha reception with a golden pot given by Sundar Bhattar and Harish Bhattar. According to temple priests, he then proceeded to Sri Ranga Vilas Mandapam to offer prayers to the processional deity Sri Namperumal.
A Journey of Devotion
The Prime Minister then walked to Garuda Azhvar sannidhi, witnessing the deeparadhana before proceeding to offer worship to Kambathadi Anjaneyar. He stood in deep devotion and prayed to Lord Ranganathar at the sanctum sanctorum before being given theertham and thulasi.
Embracing the Spiritual Traditions
At the Thaayar Sannidhi, Mr. Modi was given theertham, shadaari placed on his head, and Manjal Kaapu. He was also presented with a silk dhoti, Thirumanjana Kaili, and Thayar Vasthram in a bamboo plate to be taken to Ayodhya for the Ram Temple consecration ceremony.
Afterward, Mr. Modi proceeded to Kambar Mandapam and Udayavar Sannidhi, offering worship before exiting via Ranga Ranga Gopuram. The Prime Minister’s visit was met with happiness and seemed to have left a lasting impression on all those involved.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple demonstrates his commitment to spirituality and respect for the traditions of the country. As the nation prepares for the historic Pran Prathistan of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Mr. Modi’s journey to various temples exemplifies his dedication to cultural and religious heritage.