President Draupadi Murmu on Monday visited Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple after offering prayers at Kotwal Baba Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi. In the evening, the President also participated in the grand Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.
President Murmu, who reached Varanasi on a one-day visit, was received by Governor Anandi Ben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. Then, the President first visited the Kaal Bhairav temple and offered prayers according to the rituals.
The priest of the temple presented Baba Kal Bhairav’s photo to the President as a memento and also gave her the ‘prasad’.
The President then reached the Vishweshwar Jyotirlinga temple located at Kashi Vishwanath Dham where she performed the ‘pooja’ through the ‘Shodashopachar method’.
During this, the President wished for the welfare of all living beings. She also visited the grand Shri Kashi Vishwanath Dham and praised its beauty. On behalf of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust, the President was felicitated with an ‘Angavastram’ and a memento.
On the first visit of President Draupadi Murmu to Kashi, enthusiasm was seen everywhere in Varanasi. People were seen standing on the streets greeting the President, shouting ‘Har Har Mahadev’.
Ganga Aarti was given a grand look on the lines of Dev Diwali at Dashashwamedh Ghat to welcome the President. At the same time, the ghat lit up with the light of lamps. The President herself performed the Aarti of Maa Ganga.