Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (on Friday) inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of many new projects at Somnath temple in Gujarat. This includes the Somnath Exhibition Gallery, Samudra Darshan Path and other projects related to the temple.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (on Friday) inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of many new projects at Somnath temple in Gujarat. This includes Somnath Exhibition Gallery, Samudra Darshan Path and other projects related to the temple. During this program, PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of Parvati temple. This temple will be built at a cost of Rs 30 crore.
Prime Minister Modi said that today I also bow at the feet of Iron Man Sardar Patel ji who showed the will to revive the ancient glory of India. Sardar Sahib considered the Somnath temple to be associated with the independent spirit of independent India.
PM Modi further said that today I have got the privilege of inaugurating Samudra Darshan Path, Somnath Exhibition Gallery and Juna Somnath Temple in a new form after renovation. Along with this, the foundation stone of Parvati Mata temple has also been laid today.
He said that today I also bow to Lokmata Ahilyabai Holkar, who renovated many temples from Vishwanath to Somnath. The confluence of antiquity and modernity which was in his life, today the country is moving ahead considering it as its ideal.
The Prime Minister said that how many times this temple was broken in the history of hundreds of years, the idols here were dismantled, every effort was made to erase its existence. But every time it was dropped, it got up the same number of times. It is Shiva who germinates the seed of development even in destruction, gives birth to creation even in destruction, therefore Shiva is imperishable, avyakt and eternal.
PM Modi said that our faith in Shiva gives us a sense of our existence beyond the limits of time, gives us the strength to face the challenges of time. The destroying forces, the thinking of creating an empire on the basis of terror, they may dominate for some time in some period, but their existence is never permanent, they cannot suppress humanity for long.
He further said that our thinking should be to improve the present by learning from history, to create a new future. Therefore, when I speak of the ‘Bharat Jodo Andolan’, its meaning is not limited to geographical or ideological affiliations only. It is also a resolve to connect us with our past to build the India of the future.
Prime Minister Modi said that from Somnath and Nageshwar in the west to Baidyanath in the east, from Baba Kedarnath in the north to Shri Rameshwar, who sits at the end of India in the south, these 12 Jyotirlingas work to connect the whole of India.
PM Modi said that similarly the arrangement of our four Dhams, the concept of our Shaktipeeths, the establishment of different pilgrimages in different corners of our country, this outline of our faith is actually an expression of the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’.
He further said that this is such a place which thousands of years ago our sages had told the field of knowledge. Who is calling in front of the whole world even today that truth cannot be defeated by untruth, faith cannot be crushed by terror.
On this occasion, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that today we are associated with different places in a very important program. The development has also been done through the state government. The map of its development was prepared by PM Narendra Modi in 2010 itself.
He further said that Somnath will become one of the few temples in the country which is clean and arrangements are being made by the trust. Darshan of Somnath and Darshan of every Aarti can be done through digital medium across the world.