The Honourable Prime Minister Shri.Narendra Modi Offers Prayers At Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple….Honourable PM also inaugurated the multi-crore developmental works carried out at the shrine as part of the union government’s flagship Swadesh Darshan Scheme on Tuesday, 15.01.2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered prayers at the centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, known as one of the 108 ”divyadesams” of Lord Vishnu.
PM Modi, who entered the sprawling shrine through the eastern entrance, spent about 20 minutes there.
Earlier, while speaking at a function at neighbouring Kollam district, the Prime Minister said he would seek blessings of Lord Padmanabhaswamy for the “welfare of people of Kerala and other parts of the country”.
Governor Justice P Sathasivam and state Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran accompanied PM Modi inside the shrine.
Before the darshan, PM Modi inaugurated the multi-crore developmental works carried out at the shrine as part of the union government’s flagship Swadesh Darshan Scheme, which is aimed at developing the basic facilities in and around religious institutions across the country.
He unveiled at the east gate, a plaque on the project “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple-Aranmula-Sabarimala”, being implemented under the Swadesh Drashan Scheme of the union tourism ministry.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Minister of State for Tourism, Alphons Kannanthanam and Shashi Tharoor, legislator were among those present during the occasion.
People and party workers gathered on both sides of the road leading to the shrine to have a glimpse of the prime minister, officials said that under the Swadesh Darshan project, the Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned Rs. 92.22 crores during 2016-17 and a majority of the work under this project was carried out at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.
The construction of the heritage walk footpath, bio toilets and bathrooms, renovation of the Padmatheertham temple tank, electrification and setting up of security systems have been completed at the shrine, dedicated to Lord Padmanabha, under the initiative.
Courtesy: NDTV January 16, 2019 16:16 IST