Matua temple a spiritual link between India, Bangladesh: Modi

Staff Correspondent

28 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Matua temple in Orakandi is a pilgrimage site for the spiritual relationship between India and Bangladesh.

The Indian premier made the remark on Saturday while addressing the representatives of Matua community after offering prayers and visiting the sacred place for the believers of the scheduled caste of Hindu community on the second day of his state visit to Bangladesh.

“I am feeling same emotions what my thousands of siblings of Matua community in India feel after coming here,” he said.

He said his long cherished dream came true as he finally could visit the birth place of Harichand Thakur, the founder of the Matua community, and his son Guruchand Thakur, an inspirational leader who consolidated the Matua movement, and pay tribute to them.

“I was waiting for this opportunity since many

years. When I had visited Bangladesh in 2015 for the first time as Indian Prime Minister, I had expressed my desire to visit Orakandi,” Modi said.

“Harichand Thakur always inspired girl’s education,” the Indian premier said, adding that India will upgrade one Middle school and set up a primary school in the region.

Mentioning that a large number of Matua community members from India visit Orakandi to celebrate ‘Baruni Snan Utsav’ every year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Harichand Thakur, Narendra Modi said his government is making efforts to make this pilgrimage easier for the people in India.

Describing Harichand Thakur as a man ahead of his time, Narendra Modi said, “Even at that time of slavery, Sri Sri Harichand Thakur told society what the path of our real progress is. Today, India and Bangladesh are touching new dimensions of development with the same mantras.”

“Both India and Bangladesh want to see the world progressing through their own progress,” the Indian Prime Minister said adding, “Both India and Bangladesh want stability, love and peace in place of instability, terror and unrest in the world.”

Focusing on the strong bond developed between the two countries while facing the coronavirus pandemic, Narendra Modi said, “Both nations are facing this pandemic strongly and fighting it together. India is working by considering that it is India’s duty that the ‘Made in India vaccines’ reach the citizens of Bangladesh.”

Earlier, when the Indian premier reached the Thakur Bari in Orkandi around 11:45am, he was welcomed with the sound of Dhaak, Shankh, and Ululation in line with local rituals.

During the visit, Narendra Modi was accompanied by Agriculture Minister and Awami League Presidium member Dr Abdur Razzak, Awami League Presidium members and Gopalganj lawmakers Faruk Khan and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Thakur family member and Kashiani upazila parishad chairman Subrato Thakur, Thakur family member and the BJP MP from West Bengal’s Bongaon constituency Shantanu Thakur, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

After offering prayers at the Matua temple, the Indian Prime Minister met a selective representatives of Thakur family and Matua community.

Modi visited Jeshoreshwari Kali temple.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the day with morning prayers at the centuries’ old Jeshoreshwari Kali temple at Ishwaripur village in Shyamnagar of Satkhira district. According to Hindu mythology, Jeshoreshwari Kali temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, scattered across the subcontinent.

The Indian premier was welcomed in a traditional way upon his arrival at the temple. Eminent actor and recitation artiste Jayanto Chattopadhyay greeted him there on behalf of the temple organisers.

Narendra Modi entered the temple around 10:10am and completed rituals around 10:22am.

Inside the temple, he offered prayers and sat on the floor while the priest Dilip Mukhapadhay recited the religious texts.

During the prayers, Narendra Modi offered a golden crown made of silver with gold plating, red sarees, dhoti, fruits and sweets to Goddess Kali.

Later, he posed for a photo session with a group of devotees who welcomed him in the temple. He also said that the Indian government will construct a multi-purpose community hall at Jeshoreshwari Kali Temple so that when people go there during Kaali puja can be benefited.