Modi’s date with lord Lingaraj, awed by architectural marvel

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again weaved magic as he met people and sevayats by breaking protocol during his visit to Lingaraj Temple on his second day of Odisha visit here on Sunday.

However, Modi was moved by the ancient temple architecture, carvings and rock art of Odisha that adorned the outer wall of the 11th century shrine. He closely observed the detail carvings during his stay of over 15 to 20 minutes inside the temple.

It was a precious moment for the servitors as well as they huddled around Narendra Modi, who had visited Lingaraj temple for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister.

The priests and other sevayats took selfies and interacted with the Prime Minister who advised them to regularly maintain ‘cleanliness’ inside the temple.

“We are happy the way the Prime Minister spoke with us and inquired whether such kind of cleanliness is maintained on a daily basis or not. We also assured to keep the temple premises clean for the next 20 years,” said a servitor.

Lingaraj temple’s executive officer Manoranjan Panigrahy said that elaborate measures were undertaken by the temple trust to maintain sanitation and other arrangements for the Prime Minister’s visit.