Kolkata, Jan 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived the city this afternoon on a two-day visit to West Bengal, is likely to stay at the Ramakrishna Mission headquarters at Belur Math tonight.
Sources said Mr Modi himself expressed " a desire to spend time at the Ramkrishna Mission for a meditation session on Sunday, which will mark the birth anniversary of saint-philosopher Swami Vivekananda.
" Earlier, in a social networking page, Mr Modi said, " Yet, there will be a void too! The person who taught me the noble principle of ‘Jan Seva Hi Prabhu Seva’, the venerable Swami Atmasthananda Ji will not be there. It is unimaginable to be at the Ramakrishna Mission and not have his august presence! "
" I am excited to be in West Bengal today and tomorrow. I am delighted to be spending time at the Ramakrishna Mission and that too when we mark Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanti. There is something special about that place, " Mr Modi stated.
As per earlier schedule, he was supposed to spend Saturday night at the Raj Bhawan but he expressed his desire to stay at Belur Math.
Necessary arrangements were made at the International Guest House for his night stay. On Sunday, he is likely to take a bath at River Ganges and meditate in the same room in the Math premises where Swami Vivekananda used to meditate.
Mr Modi visited Belur Math for the first time as the Prime Minister in 2015 and expressed his gratitude to the Ramkrishna Mission monks for allowing him to meditate in the room where Swami Vivekananda used to meditate.
This is Mr Modi’s first visit to West Bengal after the BJP’s massive win in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(UNI)