President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the two-day Gandhian Resurgence Summit at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
The summit at Prayagraj’s Parmarth Niketan Ashram is being organised by the Parmarath Niketan, the Harijan Sevak Sangh and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance.
Ram Nath Kovind also unveiled the 30-ft-tall statue of Maharshi Bharadwaj, prepared in 30 days.
Indian President Visits Kumbh
This is after a long time that any Indian President visited the Kumbh at Prayag after the first President Dr Rajendra Prasad witnessed it in 1954.
President Ram Nath Kovind and first lady Savita Kovind witnessed the faith and belief of people at the Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019.
Ram Nath Kovind At Prayagraj
Ram Nath Kovind and his wife were received at Bamrauli airport, Allahabad (Prayagraj) by Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The President performed Pooja at Sangam – the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.
He wished saints and seers for successful passage of world’s largest religious and cultural congregation of people.
Ram Nath Kovind also participated in Vishwa Shanti Yagya at Arail area.
Savita Kovind distributed sarees to the women of sailor community for saving the lives of many people at Sangam.
When Devotion Meets Development
President Ram Nath Kovind stated that it is a matter of good fortune that Kumbh is being organised on the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi as Kumbh is not a programme but a matter of faith and belief.
The President told CM Yogi that Kumbh is to carry the message of Mahatma Gandhi and Swachhta. With 1,20,000 toilets set up in and around the Kumbh site, there may not be any bigger example of homage to Gandhiji other than Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the government to fulfill his dreams.
Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) has set up a high-tech exhibition at Prayagraj Mela which contains digital platforms on themes of Mahatma Gandhi, PM Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath along with the success stories on cleanliness.
Apart from this, puppet shows, Swachhta pledge, messages and films are being continuously played on a big screen in the exhibition to attract the visitors.
Additionally, guides have also been engaged to guide the visitors in traditional Indian attire.
The exhibition will continue till the Ardh Kumbh Mela concludes on 4 March.