Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a brief stop in Kerala today, on his way to the Maldives, which is his first international visit since becoming prime minister for his second term.
PM Modi, who reached Kochi, Kerala late last night, offered prayers at the Guruvayur temple this morning.
Dressed in ethnic Mundu (dhoti), Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers.
Modi’s visit to the Hindu shrine is his first temple visit since taking charge of the Prime Minister’s Office for the second term.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform Thulabharam (weighing in) at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple using lotus flowers.
It is said that 112 kilograms of lotus flowers have been ordered for the PM to perform the ritual.
It is being told that these flowers of lotus have been purchased from a Muslim farmer family of Tirunavaya.
The additional flowers was brought from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu.
PM Modi was weighed on scales with lotuses and the flowers were later offered for prayers at the Sri Krishna temple.
Earlier, Modi had performed the Thulabharam using lotus flowers in 2008 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
Then he had also performed Thulabharam using Kadalipazham.
“The Guruvayur Temple is divine and magnificent. Prayed at this iconic Temple for the progress and prosperity of India,” PM Modi tweeted shortly after his temple visit.
After an hour-long ‘darshan’ at the temple, the prime minister will address a party meeting Abhinandan Sabha being organised by the BJP Kerala State committee.
This will be Modi’s first public meeting after assuming the chair of the prime minister for a second consecutive term.
Modi will return to Kochi around 12.40 pm from where he will head to Andhra Pradesh to offer prayers at Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala.
After the prayers at Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, PM Modi will be headed to Maldives in his first foreign trip in the second term at the Centre.