BELUR (WB) :
DESCRIBING Belur Math as a pilgrimage site, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said visiting the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, in Howrah district, was nothing short of “homecoming” for him. The Prime Minister also contended that he was grateful to the authorities of the monastic order for granting him an opportunity to spend a night at the Math.
“This (place) is no less than a pilgrimage site. To me, this is like coming back home. I am fortunate that the president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission gave me the permission to spend a night here. “As per the security protocol, I am not allowed to go anywhere I feel like... I am grateful to the (State) Government for allowing me to spend a night here,” Modi, who was dressed in a white kurta and dhoti with an uttariya (scarf) round his neck, said while addressing people on the occasion of National Youth Day -- hosted by Math authorities to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
The PM insisted that the ambience at Belur Math reminded him of his duty towards people. “This land, its breeze, the water will make you feel the presence of Swami Ramakrishna Paramhangsha, Ma Sarada devi, Swami Brahamananda, Swami Vivekananda and several other saints. Whenever I visit Belur, the place reminds me that my job is to serve the 130 crore people,” he told a gathering of schoolchildren. Referring to his association with a former president of the mission and his spiritual guru, Swami Atmasthananda, Modi said his teachings broadened minds and showed paths.