New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today started the second day of his two-day visit to Bangladesh by offering prayers at Jeshoreshwari Kali temple.
PM Modi took blessings of Goddess Kali while performing pooja at the Jeshoreshwari Kali Shaktipeeth in Satkhira, which is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths in the Puranic tradition, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
He also placed handmade ‘mukut’, made of silver with gold plating on Goddess kali. This ‘mukut’ was handmade over three weeks by a local artisan, PMO added.
In this regard, the Prime Minister also took to Twitter and said, “Feeling blessed after praying at the Jeshoreshwari Kali temple.”
Feeling blessed after praying at the Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple. pic.twitter.com/8CzSSXt9PS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2021
After performing puja at the temple, PM Modi said, “Today, I got the opportunity to visit this Shaktipeeth to pay obeisance to Maa Kali. I prayed to her to free the human race from COVID-19.”
“When Maa Kaali Mela is held here, large devotees come from across the border including India. A community hall is needed which should be multi-purpose so that when people come here during Kaali puja, it is useful to them too,” he added.
Meanwhile, extending a hand of friendship to Bangladesh, PM Modi announced a grant for the construction of a community hall-cum cyclone shelter attached to the temple, the PMO said in a statement.
“This structure would be used by the devotees during the Annual Kali pooja and Mela of the temple and would also be used by the broader community of all faiths as a storm shelter and community facility,” the statement added.
The Prime Minister also offered prayers at the Orakandi Temple located at Kashiani Upazila in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh. He is slated to hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, later in the day.
PM Modi, who is visiting Bangladesh on his first trip to a foreign country since the outbreak of the pandemic, on Friday attended the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the country’s Independence.
He had also attended the birth centenary of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka in the day.