Kolkata, Jan 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to the city for the first time in his second term, on Sunday joined the morning prayers at Belur Math, the headquarters of Ram Krishna Mission.
He stayed overnight at the Math and visited the temple of Swami Vivekananda early this morning to pay respects to the spiritual leader.
The Prime Minister then visited the main temple building and paid tribute to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa.
Mr Modi, who has been an ardent follower of the preaching of Swami Vivekananda and has mentioned the same time and again on various occasions, after completing two of his official engagements, arrived at Belur Math late in the last evening and spent the night there.
The Prime Minister after reaching Belur Math met Ram Krishna Mission president Swami Smaranananda.
Earlier on Saturday, Mr Modi dedicated to the nation four Refurbished Heritage Buildings--Old Currency Building, the Belvedere House, the Metcalfe House and the Victoria Memorial Hall here in the city on Saturday
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister termed it as a special day, as it begins a nationwide campaign to preserve India's art, culture and heritage, and to Reinvent, Rebrand, Renovate and Rehouse them.
Mr Modi said that India always wanted to protect and modernize its cultural heritage and structures. It is with this spirit that the Union Government has taken up the endeavour to develop India as a major centre of Heritage Tourism in the World.
He mentioned that five 5 Iconic Museums in the country will be made in keeping with the International standards.
This is being started from the Indian Museum in Kolkata, which is one of the oldest museums in the world, he added.
The Prime Minister unveiled the ‘Ardhnarishwar’ sculpture at Old Currency Building in Kolkata in the presence of the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel and West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.(UNI)