Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the redeveloped Shree Kalika Mata temple on Pavagadh Hill. It is one of the area’s oldest temples and draws a large number of pilgrims. The temple’s renovation was completed in two stages. He inaugurated the first phase of redevelopment earlier this year in April. The second phase of redevelopment, which was inaugurated in Saturday’s programme, includes the three-level expansion of the temple base and ‘parisar,’ as well as the installation of amenities such as street lights and a CCTV system.
He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to visit the temple. He emphasised the significance of the moment, when the ‘dhwaja’ was hoisted on the temple after 5 centuries and even 75 years after independence. “Today, after centuries, the flag is hoisted on the top of the Pavagadh temple,” he said. This ‘Shikhar Dhwaj’ flag represents not only our faith and spirituality, but also the fact that centuries and eras change, but faith remains eternal.” He stated that the upcoming ‘Gupt Navratri’ redevelopment is proof that ‘Shakti’ never dims or disappears.
PM Modi said of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Kashi Vishvanath Dham, and Kedar Dham, “Today the spiritual and cultural glory of India is being restored.” Today, New India proudly embodies both its ancient identity and its modern aspirations.” Along with religious centres, new avenues for progress are emerging, and this grand temple at Pavagadh is part of that journey, he said. According to him, this temple also represents Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, and Sabka Prayas.
PM Modi recalled how Swami Vivekananda dedicated himself to public service after receiving briefings from Maa Kali. He stated that he had asked the goddess for strength to serve the people today. “Mother, bless me so that I may continue to serve the people of the country as a servant of the people with more energy, sacrifice, and dedication,” PM Modi prayed. Whatever strength and virtues I have in my life, I should continue to dedicate them to the welfare of the country’s mothers and sisters.”