Japan PM in varanasi: Abe keeps focus on Ganga, Modi on aarti

Elaborate security arrangements were in place at this ancient temple town which was all decked up to welcome Modi and Abe shortly after their summit talks in Delhi.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Varanasi | Updated: December 13, 2015 2:39 am
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The illuminating Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe together to share their camaraderie over Ganga’s condition — which Abe looked visibly concerned about — and the aarti that had Modi in an attentive mood for the entire duration, at times even bringing to Abe’s notice the steps and gestures of the rituals.

See pictures:  Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and PM Modi visit India’s temple town, Varanasi

For Abe, donning a ‘Nehru jacket’, the shining glory of the ghats along the Ganga could not hide its condition as he looked at the river several times, even as his delegates and the Indian PM watched over the aarti performed by 18 devkanyas and nine young priests amid roaring chants of shlokas and sound of conch shells.

As part of the memorandum of understanding signed by Modi and Abe in August 2014, the Japan International Cooperation Agency is extending support in the cleaning of Ganga to make it pollution-free under the Ganga Action Plan.

Earlier in the day, the two prime ministers were received at Babatpur airport at 4.40 pm by Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

They arrived at the Dashashwamedh Ghat at 6.06 pm and walked straight to the stairs close to the river.

After the aarti, they went further upstairs where two stages had been erected for the dignitaries. While one was shared by Modi and Abe and two of their staff members, the chief minister and the Governor had their chairs placed at the another.

The crowd below greeted the PMs with chants of “Har Har Mahadeo” and shouts of “Modi Modi”, and increased the tempo when the two leaders stood up to wave at them.

For the occasion, Dashashwamedh Ghat had been decorated with marigold flowers and the buildings nearby illuminated with laser lights; the adjoining Sheetla and Ahilyabai Ghats wore LED bulbs and earthen lamps.

Among the select ones to share the space with the dignitaries was a section of the crowd in traditional attires of different states. Representatives of a social organization — ‘Ganga Sewa Nidhi’ — met the PMs on the stage and offered rudraksh mala, shawl, and mementos having photographs of both Modi and Abe.

As the hour-long programme came to an end, the PMs and other guests left for the hotel where they had dinner with select dignitaries.


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  1. J
    Dec 14, 2015 at 7:38 am
    Hey Jai, I am looking at you but not sure what I see. Oh that's right. It is a long stick coming out of your rear. Please remove. You look ridiculous. I did not know they made them like that still.
  2. J
    Dec 14, 2015 at 7:42 am
    Hey Jai, I am looking at you but not sure what I see. Oh that's right. It is a long stick coming out of your rear. Please remove. You look ridiculous. You dont have to take my word for it. Ask anyone around you. You will find them curious about how far up it goes.
  3. J
    Dec 14, 2015 at 7:39 am
    Hey Jai, I am looking at you but not sure what I see. Oh that's right. It is a long stick coming out of your rear. Please remove. You look ridiculous. I did not know they made them like that still.
  4. D
    Dec 13, 2015 at 9:24 am
    The importance of Ganga as purifier and sin cleanser is embedded in Hindu psyche. Physically cleaning the Ganges waters will be an act of great service, and strict laws and implementing them is paramount importance. Each and every Hindu must strive to keep mother Ganga as pristine and pure.
  5. M
    Dec 13, 2015 at 2:54 am
    Narendrabhai Modi is by far the most dedicated, most stylish and most confident PM the country has ever had thus far. He has also brought about a new kind of flamboyance in the way things are done. Lovely show at Varanasi. Shinzo-san wins Indian hearts.
  6. J
    Dec 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm
    dr gadhamsetty: if the ganga is embedded in the hindu psyche as a purifier and sin cleanser, why is it that hindus pollute it in the first place? is the sin cleansing like the cleansers people put on their face,where it's effects are superficial? and hindus then go back to cheating others and bribing their way through life, even bribing their gods with percentages of their ill gotten wealth? children must be taught MORALS before they are taught religion.
  7. J
    Dec 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm
    so you enjo the circus modi brought to town? what a show stopper!!lovely show? tali bajao ( clap your hands)! tomorrow go back to your dirty varanasi and polluted ganga. most dedicated, most stylish most confident: really? in your lifetime or india's lifetime? STOP s.cking!
  8. S
    Dec 13, 2015 at 5:11 pm
    If He is Hindu, one should sit on ground and worship Ganga. Ganga needs devotion, not stylish photo-shoot of leaders from India and globe?? By the way, better if religion is kept in sacred literature and not in manifesto of political mileage
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