Prime Minister Narendra Modi had darshan at the Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur on Saturday morning. Appearing in the traditional Kerala attire of mundu, Modi was received with a poornakumbham at the temple by priests and devaswom officials.
Modi was accompanied by Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Union Minister V Muraleedharan, Governor P Sathasivam and Director General of Police Lokanath Behera.
Modi arrived at 10.10 am spent around an hour in the temple during the recital of 'Vishnu Sahasranamam'. He made offerings worth Rs 40,000 which included Rs 22,000 towards thulabharam with lotus flowers, Rs 9,000 for kalabham muzhukappu, ahas for Rs 3000 and neyvilakku costing Rs 1,000. After prayers, he offered a bunch of kadali bananas, manjapattu (yellow cloth) and ghee.
This was Modi's second visit to the temple after the January 2008 one when as Gujarat Chief Minister he performed thulabharam with lotus flowers. He had them performed thulabharam with kadali bananas too.
It was tight security at the temple and devotees were kept out from 8 am.
Modi left for Guruvayur from Kochi naval airport for Guruvayur in a special helicopter at 9.20 am and reached the helipad set up at Guruvayur Sree Krishna College ground at 10.10 am.
Modi is to inaugurate 'Abhinandan Sammelan', a public meeting of BJP at Sri Krishna School ground around 11.25 am after which he will leave for Kochi naval airport by 12.40 pm and proceed to New Delhi at 2 pm.
There can be no better an example for communal harmony in Kerala when a good chunk of the lotus flowers for the thulabharam offering by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur on Saturday morning is being supplied by Muslim farmers in the State.
More than 110 kg of flowers has been brought to the temple for weighing Modi against these lotuses. It has been a more than century-old custom to source these flowers from a group of farmers, mainly Muslims, from Tirunavaaya in Malappuram district in the State. The flowers for puja and other rituals at the temple come from these farmers and is seen as an classic case of communal harmony.
According to devaswom sources, the devastating flood of August 2018 did wreck havoc and there has been a sharp drop in the bloom. However, lotus flowers have been bought from Malappuram, though in small quantities owing to poor bloom
To supplement the shortfall, the devaswom had to fetch flowers from farmers in Nagercoil in neighbouring Tamil Nadu this time.