Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to Kashi (Varanasi) as the land of liberation and salvation and said that Telugu people have kept Kashi attached to their souls just as Kashi adopted and comprehended them.
In a virtual address to the ‘Kashi Telugu Sangamam’ in Varanasi, the Prime Minister wished everyone a happy Ganga-Pushkaralu Utsav and extended a cordial welcome.
He stated that everyone present is his personal visits, and in Indian culture, guests have the same status as God.
He stated that the Ganga-Pushkaralu Utsav at the ghats of Kashi is a commemoration of the confluence of India’s ancient civilisations, cultures, and traditions, comparing it to the confluence of the Ganga and the Godavari.
He recalled the Kashi-Tamil Sangamam that occurred here a few months ago and mentioned his participation in the Saurashtra-Tamil Sangamam a few days ago, where he compared Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal to a convergence of India’s diverse cultures.
“This convergence of differences is giving birth to the Amrit of nationalism, which will ensure India’s future vitality,” he said.
The Prime Minister stated that Kashi and its inhabitants have welcomed Telugu-speakers for generations, and that the relationship is as old as the city itself when discussing the city’s ties to the Telugu-speaking community. He stated that the faith of Telugu-speaking individuals in Kashi is as sacred as Kashi itself.
“Telugu states have given Kashi so many great saints, so many Acharyas and sages,” said the Prime Minister, emphasising that when Kashi’s residents and pilgrims visit Baba Vishwanath, they also seek Tailang Swami’s blessings at his ashram.
Swami Ramakrishna Paramhans referred to Tailang Swami, who was born in Vizianagaram but was known as the “living Shiva of Kashi”
The Prime Minister emphasised that the Telugu people have attached Kashi to their souls just as Kashi has adopted and understood them, and he mentioned the sacred shrine Vemulawada, also known as Dakshina Kashi.
He emphasised that the black thread worn on the palms in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana temples is known as Kashi Daram.
PM Modi emphasised that the glory of Kashi is profoundly ingrained in Telugu language and literature. “This is the Indian heritage that has preserved the ‘Ek Bharat Shresh’ belief.