New Delhi: On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Maa Kaali’s blessings are always with India. PM Modi was virtually addressing the centenary celebrations of Swami Atmasthananda, who was the 15th president of the Ramakrishna Math organised by Ramakrishna Mission in Kolkata.In his speech PM referred to Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa, the 19th century Bengal mystic and also the guru of Swami Vivekananda.
At the occasion, PM Modi said, “Swami Ramkrishna Paramhans was a saint who experienced Maa Kaali in front of his eyes.” PM Modi also referred to Bengal’s Kaali Puja and Swami Vivekananda. “Swami Vivekananda had such stature but he used to become like a child in his devotion for Goddess Kaali. Such unwavering faith was also there in Swami Atmasthananda,” PM Modi said. “Maa Kaali’s blessings are always with India,” he added.
During his address, PM Narendra Modi also said, “Whenever I had the opportunity, I visited Belur Math and the (Dakhineshwar) Kali temple (across the river); it is natural to feel a connection. When your faith and beliefs are pure, the power (Goddess) herself shows you the way. The limitless blessings of Maa Kali are always with India. The country is moving ahead with this spiritual energy for the world’s welfare.
Tributes to Swami Atmasthananda Ji on his birth centenary. https://t.co/EKKExOGbll
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2022
After PM Modi’s speech, BJP leader Amit Malviya targeted Trinamool supremo Mamta Banerjee and Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra over the black controversy. Malviya tweeted that while PM Modi spoke about the goddess with such devotion across India, Mamata Banerjee defends the “obnoxious” portrayal of the goddess by her party MP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks reverentially about Maa Kaali being the center of devotion, not just for Bengal but whole of India. On the other hand, a TMC MP insults Maa Kaali and Mamata Banerjee instead of acting against her, defends her obnoxious portrayal of Maa Kaali… pic.twitter.com/6O4vYGkasi
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) July 10, 2022
The Maa Kali controversy was triggered when an actor dressed as the goddess was shown smoking a cigarette, in a poster of the documentary “Kaali” by Leena Manimekalai. The director was accused of deliberately hurting Hindu sentiments, and FIRs lodged against her in several states. Meanwhile, four complaints against Mahua Moitra for her remarks about Goddess Kali have been clubbed to form a single FIR in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district, a police official said on Saturday. The complaints were received in Ranjhi, Madan Mahal, Panagar and Patan police stations, the official said.