Guruvayur : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today offered prayers at the famous Guruvayur temple in Kerala before heading to the Maldives which will be his first overseas visit in his second term as Prime Minister.
The PM has arrived in a special naval helicopter from Kochi at Sree Krishna College ground near the temple at 9:50 am. He was accompanied by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Kerala Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran to the temple where he was received with a traditional poornakumbham (pot full of offerings).
Look at the video shared on the Prime Minister’s official Twitter page
The Guruvayur Temple is divine and magnificent. Prayed at this iconic Temple for the progress and prosperity of India. pic.twitter.com/sB5I4GEYZA
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 8, 2019
The Prime Minister performed the ritual of “thulabharam” in which he weighed himself against 100 kg of lotus flowers on a giant scale. He also offered various items including ghee, a special variety of red banana (kathali), among other things.
He had visited the Guruvayur temple in 2008 after he became the chief minister of Gujarat for a second time.
From Kerala, PM Modi will begin his two-day official visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. “These visits indicate the importance we attach to the policy of ‘Neighbourhood First’ and will further cement ties with key maritime neighbours,” he tweeted on Friday.