Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered several litres of milk, Ganga jal and flowers at the fabled Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi and performed aarti at the sanctum sanctorum during a break in his road show.
Amid tight security, the Prime Minister reached the temple at around 1:30 p.m. and paid obeisance to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of Varanasi. Prayers were conducted by five priests headed by Acharya Ashok Dwivedi.
He later left for the Kaal Bhairav temple, which is considered to be a very holy place in the temple town.
Here is Modi's twin temple visits in pics:
Modi at Kashi Vishwanath Temple
After offering milk, Ganga jal, flowers, chandan and janeyu, the Prime Minister performed aarti.
Pic coutesy - Twitter/Narendra Modi
Modi seeking blessings
The priests then smeared Modi's forehead with chandan and vermillion, as a symbol of blessings of the Lord Kashi Vishwanath.
Modi performing pooja
He was also given some prasad by the management of the temple.
Modi at Kaal Bhairav temple
Kaal Bhairav is considered by devotees as the 'shah kotwal' and it is believed that a trip to Varanasi is incomplete without a visit to this temple.
Offering prayer at Kaal Bhairav temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after his resounding victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple but skipped Kaal Bhairav temple.
(pics courtesy - BJP/ PM Modi's Twitter handle)