Sagar, India, 12th August 2023: On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the construction of a temple and memorial valued at Rs 100 crore in honour of the mystic poet and social reformer Sant Ravidas. The event took place in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, which is currently in the midst of election activity.
At the ceremony, Modi presided over the ‘Bhoomi puja ritual and placed the foundation stone in Badtuma village. He was joined by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Governor Mangubhai Patel, and Union Minister Virendra Kumar. Modi paid his respects to the idol of Sant Ravidas by bowing with folded hands. Additionally, he examined a miniature model of the upcoming temple and memorial complex at the event.
Modi’s visit to the state began with his arrival at Khajuraho airport, followed by a helicopter trip to Badtuma for the occasion. Later in the day, he is slated to address a public gathering in Dhana, within the same district. Furthermore, he will inaugurate the Bina-Kota railway line project’s doubling and lay the foundation stones for several road projects. These initiatives signify the conclusion of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s ongoing ‘Samrasta (harmony) Yatras’, which commenced from five locations across the state on July 25.
Officials state that the temple and memorial project dedicated to Sant Ravidas will encompass an 11-acre area. Apart from showcasing the teachings of Sant Ravidas, the structure will include residential accommodations for devotees, along with a museum, an art gallery, and various other amenities.
This marks the second visit by the Prime Minister to the BJP-governed state, where assembly elections are anticipated by the year’s end. Merely a month ago, on July 1, Modi engaged with tribal leaders, women associated with self-help groups, and young soccer players in Pakaria village of Shahdol district.