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TN: PM Modi’s meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial enters day 2

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday performed “Surya Arghya,” a religious practice in Hinduism offering water to Lord Surya (Sun) during the sun rise at Vivekananda Rock Memorial, off Kanyakumari coast, even as his 45-hour long meditation session entered the second day.

A video and photos shared by BJP on its ‘X’ handle, (formerly Twitter) showed Modi, clad in Saffron shirt, shawl and dhoti praying to Lord Surya with folded hands and pouring little water from a traditional beaker-like small vessel into the sea as an offering and then chanting mantras using his prayer beads at the time of sun rise.

The different photographs posted by the BJP on X, also showed the PM meditating at the Dhyan Mandapam and was also seen circumambulating the Mandapam holding the prayer beads.

He commenced his meditation at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial on Thursday evening after offering special prayers at Sri Bhagavathi Amman Temple, one of the “108 Shakthi Peedams” dedicated to goddess Devi Kanyakumari.

After completing his meditation session, the PM is likely to visit the famous Thiruvalluvar Statue, a Tamil saint near the memorial on Saturday.

Since it is a spiritual tour, even senior BJP party leaders were not allowed to accompany Modi at the memorial.

A multi-layered security blanket has been thrown over Kanyakumari in view of the PM’s visit.

The Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard ships have been deployed for a round-the-clock patrolling along the waters close to the shoreline, while the Coastal Security Group (CSG) of Tamil Nadu Marine Police were also keeping a high vigil.

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