Shri Naidu, who arrived in the holy city of Varanasi yesterday evening along with his spouse, Smt. Usha Naidu also visited the newly built Kashi Vishwanath Dham Corridor and was briefed about the project by the officials.
Shri Naidu also paid floral tributes to the life-size statue of Bharat Mata in the temple premises. Later in a facebook post, he described Kashi Vishwanath as ‘a glorious symbol of our Sanatan Paramapra, our faith and our resistance to oppressors’.
Later, the Vice President performed pooja and Aarti at the famed Kal Bhairav Temple. Shri Kal Bhairav, representing the fierce form of Lord Shiva, is also known as the ‘Kotwal of Kashi’ and the protector of the city.
The Vice President also visited Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Sthal located at Padav and appreciated the 3-D virtual reality show depicting the life journey of Pt. Deendayal. On this occasion, the Vice President wrote following remarks in the visitors’ book at Smriti Sthal –
“Visited Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Sthal to pay homage to one of India’s foremost cultural and political icons.Pt. Deendayal was a profound philosopher, organiser par excellence and a leader who maintained the highest standards of personal integrity. His life and philosophy of ‘Antyodaya’ and ‘Integral Humanism’ have been a source of guidance and inspiration to the nation. Uplifting the downtrodden and bringing happiness to the most deprived sections will be the best tribute we can pay to Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay. Let us all work towards this end to make Bharat a happy and prosperous nation.”
Yesterday, the Vice President along with his spouse participated in the famous Ganga Aarti at the sacred Dashaswamedh Ghat. He described it as a surreal and divine experience, which will stay forever in his heart.
In conclusion of his visit to Varanasi m, the Vice President shared his thoughts in a detailed facebook post. Following is the link of his facebook post –
The Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Smt. Anandiben Patel, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Brijesh Pathak, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Stamp and Court Registration Fee, Shri Ravindra Jaiswal, Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Dayashankar Mishra “Dayalu” and other dignitaries accompanied the Vice President during these visits.