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Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit the first 'diya' on 'Dev Deepawali' and set off celebrations for the festival that is marked by lighting lakhs of earthen lamps on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that 'Dev Deepawali' is special this year because it marks the return of 'Maa Annapurna'.

India TV News Desk [ Updated: November 30, 2020 23:21 IST ]
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit the first 'diya' on 'Dev Deepawali' and set off celebrations for the festival that is marked by lighting lakhs of earthen lamps on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that 'Dev Deepawali' is special this year because it marks the return of 'Maa Annapurna'.
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit the first 'diya' on 'Dev Deepawali' and set off celebrations for the festival that is marked by lighting lakhs of earthen lamps on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that 'Dev Deepawali' is special this year because it marks the return of 'Maa Annapurna'.

  • More than 15 lakh earthen lamps were lit up on the banks of the Ganga, casting a magical and mesmerising view. 
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    More than 15 lakh earthen lamps were lit up on the banks of the Ganga, casting a magical and mesmerising view. 

  • The Prime Minister, accompanied by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, then travelled back on the cruise to Raj Ghat where he lit the first lamp.
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    The Prime Minister, accompanied by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, then travelled back on the cruise to Raj Ghat where he lit the first lamp.

  • The Prime Minister, who travelled on a cruise, first stopped at Lalita Ghat and offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
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    The Prime Minister, who travelled on a cruise, first stopped at Lalita Ghat and offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

  • He performed the 'Rudra-Abhishek' at the temple and then took stock of the work at the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. 
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    He performed the 'Rudra-Abhishek' at the temple and then took stock of the work at the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor. 

  • Illuminated Kashi Ghat during Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi
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    Illuminated Kashi Ghat during Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi

  • The entire river bank was already lit up with thousands of earthen lamps, casting a shadow of shimmering lights on the water.
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    The entire river bank was already lit up with thousands of earthen lamps, casting a shadow of shimmering lights on the water.

  • The Prime Minister also witnessed a cultural programme on the occasion and launched the website 'Pawan Path'.
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    The Prime Minister also witnessed a cultural programme on the occasion and launched the website 'Pawan Path'.

  • PM Modi said,
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    PM Modi said, "The statue of Maa Annapurna which was stolen from India over 100 years ago is coming back to the country. This is a fortunate moment for Kashi. If this effort was made earlier, many such statues would have been brought back to India. However, some people's thinking is different. For us, inheritance means heritage. For some, inheritance means their own family."

  • The Prime Minister said that the power of Kashi did not allow it to change even when a lot changed elsewhere amid the Corona pandemic. 
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    The Prime Minister said that the power of Kashi did not allow it to change even when a lot changed elsewhere amid the Corona pandemic. 

  • Modi began his speech with a smattering of Bhojpuri and wished people 'Kartik Purnima' and 'Gurpurab'. 
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    Modi began his speech with a smattering of Bhojpuri and wished people 'Kartik Purnima' and 'Gurpurab'. 

  • Modi further said that there are people who have made it a habit to oppose anything that is done.
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    Modi further said that there are people who have made it a habit to oppose anything that is done. "When we announced the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project, these people opposed it, but today the historic temple has a new look," he stated.

  • Kedar Ghat decorated with earthen lamps on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi
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    Kedar Ghat decorated with earthen lamps on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches the light and sound show during Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches the light and sound show during Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi

  • PM Narendra Modi celebrated Dev Diwali in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi
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    PM Narendra Modi celebrated Dev Diwali in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi

  • Before flying back to New Delhi, he visited the Sarnath Archeological site and watch a light and sound show.
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    Before flying back to New Delhi, he visited the Sarnath Archeological site and watch a light and sound show.

  • Priests perform aarti on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival, at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.
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    Priests perform aarti on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival, at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

  • Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival. 
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    Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit on the occasion of Dev Deepawali festival. 

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