Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to Varanasi today on the occasion of Dev Deepawali.  The PM is also scheduled to inaugurate the six-lane Varanasi-Prayagraj Highway. Meanwhile, preparations are underway at Rajghat in Varanasi ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to the holy city.

To start the celebrations of Dev Deepawali, a festival of light celebrated on Kartik Purnima, PM Modi will light a diya (lamp) which will be followed by lighting of 11 lakh diyas on both sides of Ganga. 

During the visit, the PM will also undertake a site visit of the under-construction Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor Project to review its progress. After that, he will also see the light and sound Show at the Sarnath archaeological site, which was inaugurated by him earlier this month.

Security personnel, along with the dog squad, were seen checking boats at the ghat. They were thoroughly checking other locations near Rajghat as well.

Cops have also been deployed at all the important junctions and points in the city. The 73-kilometre stretch of the newly-widened National Highway-19, which cost a total of Rs 2,447 crore, is expected to reduce the travel time between the holy cities on the banks of river Ganga, Prayagraj and Varanasi, by one hour, reported ANI. 

Meanwhile, a weaver from Varanasi has woven a special silk ‘angavastram’ for the PM. The ‘angavastram’ carries the Buddhist mantra “Buddham Sharanam Gachchami, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchami, Sangham Sharanam Gachchami” along with a leaf of the ‘Bodhivriksha’, reported IANS. The weaver, Bachche Lal Maurya, told IANS that he wants Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to gift the ‘angavastram’ to the Prime Minister.