In pics: Day 1 of PM Modi's visit to his constituency Varanasi
Updated On : 23 Sep 2017,06:56 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on his first visit to Varanasi after the BJP’s landslide victory in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in March this year, launched several development projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore for his Lok Sabha constituency. PM Modi also released a postage stamp on different aspects of Lord Ram’s life at the historic Tulsi Manas Mandir and said he was a source of inspiration for every individual.
“There have been many stamps on Lord Ram, but this is the first of its kind stamp, which depicts different aspects of his life. This has not been done in the past. I am happy that I have got the opportunity to do this from the holy soil of Manas,” he said.
The Tulsi Manas temple has great historical and cultural importance in Hinduism as it was here that Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas was said to have been originally written by poet-saint Goswami Tulsidas.
The Prime Minister said he could have released the stamp either at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan or his own residence, but then a thought came to his mind that it is the auspicious period of Navaratra, and in the life of Lord Ram, Navratra and Vijayadashami hold special significance.
Earlier, the prime minister showered praise on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying he was doing wonders.“In his six months in office, Yogi has done wonders,” Modi said and thanked him for his laudable achievements. Speaking on the occasion, Adityanath said, “The state government is implementing schemes for development of the farmers, youth and villagers while drawing inspiration and guidance from the prime minister.”
The prime minister later visited the Durga Mata Mandir.