The Varanasi visit comes three days before he takes oath after being re-elected as Prime Minister for a second term.

An LED screen was installed at the entrance of temple which live-streamed visuals from inside when he offered prayers. The chief priest performed a ritual with PM Modi.

PM Modi won from Varanasi by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes. He not only retained his seat, but also saw his victory margin increase by nearly a lakh votes as compared to 2014.

In a video message ahead of the May 19 polling, PM Modi had called himself a “Kashivasi (a resident of Varanasi)” and termed the city his guiding spirit.

PM Modi on Sunday met his 98-year-old mother in Ahmedabad. While there, he also held a rally and addressed the people of his home state, which he ruled as a Chief Minister for 13 years. He repeated that the election had a pro-incumbency wave. “After the sixth phase of polling, I had said that it’s 300 plus for us. When I said it, people mocked me. But the results are for everyone to see,” he said.

The BJP handed out a crushing defeat to the Congress and other opposition parties by bagging 303 out of 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls.