Situated about 200 km Varanasi - Maghar - in eastern Uttar Pradesh's Sant Kabir Nagar is considered to be 'gateway to hell' because of the superstition attached to it. It was believed that anyone who dies here goes to hell. 15th century poet Kabir had travelled to this place in his attempt to dispel the superstition. Kabir breathed his last in Maghar. PM Modi has now picked the same place to launch the Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttar Pradesh campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Political observers believe that PM Modi's visit to Maghar on the occasion of 500th death anniversary of Kabir is symbolic of many facts. PM Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a research institute Maghar. He also offered a 'chadar' and paid floral tributes at the 'mazaar' of Kabir.
WATCH: What PM Modi said in Maghar
Highlights of PM Modi's speech:
12:19 pm: The government is working to uplift poor, underprivileged people. We are committed to empower poor people and for that schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana and others have been started, says PM Modi
12:17 pm: You all have seen that these people are creating hurdles in passage of Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament. They don't want the society to progress, they are insensitive towards the pain of our mothers and sisters: PM Modi
12:14 pm: PM Modi takes a dig at former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav over the bungalow row, says leaders are worried about their own bungalows but not about shelter for poor people. People who claim to follow Kabir are worried more about their big bungalows, says PM Modi.
समाजवाद और बहुजन की बात करने वालों का सत्ता के प्रति लालच आप देख रहे हैं— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 28, 2018
2 दिन पहले देश में आपातकाल को 43 साल हुए हैं। सत्ता का लालच ऐसा है कि आपातकाल लगाने वाले और उस समय आपातकाल का विरोध करने वाले एक साथ आ गए हैं।
ये समाज नहीं, सिर्फ अपने और अपने परिवार का हित देखते हैं: PM
12:10 pm: A few political parties trying to create differences among people for their own gains. But the fact is they are bereft of ground realities, says PM Modi
12:05 pm: Sant Kabir broke the shackles of cast system in India. It was due to efforts of such great saints that India continued to progress despite facing numeral difficulties, says PM Modi
11:59 am: Kabir is revered for his deeds. He left a great treasure of humanity for the whole mankind. He came as a thought and became a way of life, says PM Modi
वो धूल से उठे थे लेकिन माथे का चन्दन बन गए।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 28, 2018
वो व्यक्ति से अभिव्यक्ति और इससे आगे बढ़कर शब्द से शब्दब्रह्म हो गए।
वो विचार बनकर आए और व्यवहार बनकर अमर हुए।
संत कबीर दास जी ने समाज को सिर्फ दृष्टि देने का काम ही नहीं किया बल्कि समाज को जागृत किया: PM
11:56 am: I got an opportunity to visit the mazar of Sant Kabirdasji. I bow my head in front of the great saint Sant Kabir who gave the message of unity in diversity hundreds of years ago: PM Modi
11:52 am: I am privileged to come to Maghar, I want to thank you all, says PM Modi in Bhojpuri
11:45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing public gathering at Maghar, about 200 km from Varanasi.
11:42 am: Uttar Pradesh has made rapid development in the last one year under the able guidance of our PM, says Yogi Adityanath
11:41 am: There is an atmosphere of trust now. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, says Yogi Adityanath at Maghar
11:40 am: After becoming the prime minister of the country, respected Narendra Modi made it clear that this government will work with the motto 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas': CM Adityanath
11:37 am: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath addressing public gathering at Maghar on the occasion of 500th death anniversary of 15th century poet Kabir.
11:05 am: PM Modi lays foundation stone of Kabir Academy at Maghar. The institute, which will be built at a cost of about Rs 24 crore, which will highlight the great saint's teachings and thought.
10:50 am: PM Modi reaches Maghar. Offers floral tributes at mazaar of Kabir. UP CM Yogi Adityanath also accompanying the PM.
Sant Kabir Nagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Sant Kabir's Mazar in Maghar pic.twitter.com/8El134sXNP— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 28, 2018
09:30 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Lucknow from where he will proceed to Sant Kabir Nagar. PM Modi was received by UP CM Yogi Adityanath and other top leaders at Lucknow airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Lucknow. He will attend multiple events in Sant Kabir Nagar district's Maghar today. pic.twitter.com/VJvaNLEiaA— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 28, 2018
The research institute - Sant Kabir Academy, is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 24 crore.