Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple on his second-day visit to Bangladesh. Modi crowned Maa Kali with a hand-made Mukut in the temple.
Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, scattered across India and in neighbouring countries.
“Today, I got the opportunity to visit this Shakti Peeth to pay obeisance to Maa Kali. I prayed to her to free the human race from Covid-19,” Prime Minister Modi said after offering prayers at the Kali Temple.
Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, tweeted, “PM Modi places hand-made Mukut on Maa Kali. Mukut is made of silver with gold plating. took over three weeks of time by a traditional artisan.”
Prime Minister Modi said: “When I had visited Bangladesh in 2015, then I had got the opportunity to pay obeisance to Maa Dhakeshwari.”
“As the entire world is facing many difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, my only wish from Maa Kali is to rid the world of this pandemic as earliest as possible.”
“We have lived on the mantra of ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ Sarve Santu Niramaya’ and have always followed the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. We always pray for the well-being of the entire human race on this planet,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that a community hall is needed at the temple, which could serve multiple purposes, especially in times of natural disasters.
“Today, when I came to this holy place, I got to know that when the Maa Kali Mela is held, many devotees come from across the border (India) to pray. A community hall is needed which could be multi-purpose so that when people come here during Kaali puja, it is useful for them too,” he said.
It could be useful even for social, religious, and educational events. Most importantly, it could serve as a shelter at the time of disasters like cyclones, he said.
“The government of India will take up the construction work. I express gratitude to the Bangladesh government that they have wished us well for this program,” added Modi.