Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in Dev Deepawali Mahotsav in Varanasi. Some 15 lakh diyas lit up on the ghats of Ganga to mark the beginning of celebrations on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.



Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said it was another special occasion for Kashi as the idol of Mata Annapurna that was stolen from Kashi more than 100 years ago, had been brought back. 

"It is a matter of great fortune for Kashi. He said these ancient idols of our gods and goddesses are a symbol of our faith as well as our priceless heritage," he said.



Prime Minister Modi further said, "For us legacy means the country's heritage, while for some, it means their family and their family name." 

"For us, heritage means our culture, our faith, our values! For others it might mean, their idols and family photos," he added.