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1,200 gifts received by PM to be auctioned, proceeds to go for the Namami Ganga project

Over 1,200 items gifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by people from different walks of life, including sportspersons and politicians, will be auctioned from September 17, and the proceeds will go to the Namami Gange mission.

National Gallery of Modern Art Director General Advait Gadnaik said the auction will be conducted through the web portal pmmementos.gov.in and will end on October 2, where the gifts are displayed.

He said that a wide range of gifts presented by a common man and various dignitaries representing India’s rich culture and heritage is to be auctioned. The base value of the gifts ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 10 lakh.

The list of gifts includes an idol of Rani Kamalapati gifted by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a Hanuman idol and a Surya painting gifted by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, and a gift by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Contains a trident given in it.

It also includes an idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi located in Kolhapur, gifted by NCP leader Ajit Pawar and hanging on a wall of Lord Venkateswara, gifted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Temsunaro Jamir, director of the National Gallery of Modern Art, said there is an exclusive collection of sporting items such as T-shirts, boxing gloves, javelin, and rackets signed by the medal-winning players.

Gifts also include exquisite paintings, sculptures, handicrafts, and folk artifacts.

He said that many of these things are given as gifts, such as traditional angavastras, shawls, headgear, ceremonial swords, etc.

He said other memorabilia include replicas and models of the upcoming Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya and the Kashi-Viswanath temple in Varanasi.

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