New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered prayers at a gurudwara in Karol Bagh, Delhi on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti. The Prime Minister visited Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir in the national capital and took part in ‘Shabad Kirtan’, and interacted with the devotees.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi shared a media report about ongoing work at the expansion and beautification of the temple at the saint’s birthplace in Varanasi, also his parliamentary constituency. He spoke about how his government incorporated the spirit of Guru Ravidas in every decision from the time he became an MP from Kashi (Varanasi).
The Prime Minister also shared a video of him taking part in the Shabad Kirtan along with devotees and locals at the Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir.
“Very special moments at the Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir in Delhi,” Modi wrote.
Very special moments at the Shri Guru Ravidas Vishram Dham Mandir in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/PM2k0LxpBg
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 16, 2022
A 15th Century mystic poet and reformer, Guru Ravidas enjoys a nationwide following, especially among a section of the Dalits. Ravidas Jayanti is largely celebrated across Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, two states which are also facing assembly polls.
The Punjab assembly election, which will be held in a single phase, was postponed to February 20 in view of the celebrations. The polls were earlier scheduled to be held on February 14.
Earlier on Tuesday, Modi hailed Guru Ravidas, saying he dedicated his life to eliminating evil practices such as casteism and untouchability. The prime minister had said he would offers prayers for people’s welfare at the temple.
Modi further said his government has imbibed the spirit of Guru Ravidas in every step and scheme.
रविदास जयंती के पावन अवसर पर कल सुबह 9 बजे मैं दिल्ली के करोलबाग के श्री गुरु रविदास विश्राम धाम मंदिर जाऊंगा और वहां जन-जन के कल्याण के लिए प्रार्थना करूंगा।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 15, 2022