Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 7:
The inimitable style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left the gathering assembled to have a glimpse of the leader enthralled while he was on his return journey after paying obeisance to the Lords at the 12th century shrine in Odisha’s Puri.
After alighting from the special aircraft at the helipad here, prime minister boarded an SUV for the Lord Jagannath Temple.
Amid tight security arrangements, prime minister was escorted to the shrine where Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, temple priest and others welcomed him to the temple.
Modi offered obeisance to Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. After offering prayers, he made a parikrama of the temple. While returning from the temple, Modi, who was clad in an off white kurta with yellow ‘Anga Vastram’ on his shoulder, waved at the waiting crowd queued along the Grand Road in front of the temple.
The Prime Minister stood on the foot board of the slow-moving car to wave at the crowd. The people reciprocated to the gesture by giving him a loud welcome.
“Touched by people’s warmth and affection in Puri,” Modi tweeted after having a darshan of the Lords.
Notably, this is his first visit to the temple after becoming prime minister. Prior to the 2014 general elections, Modi had visited the shrine to offer prayers.
“This is the first visit of Narendra Modi to the temple after becoming Prime Minister. Before the 2014 general elections, Modi had promised to visit the temple again if his desires are fulfilled. As he has now become the prime minister, he has come to express his gratitude to the Lords,” said a priest accompanying him.