COIMBATORE:A galaxy of leaders attended the unveiling of the 112-ft bust of Adiyogi at the Isha Yoga Centre near here on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the venue around 6.25 pm. He was given a guided tour of the Isha Yoga Centre by the Sadhguru. The Prime Minister worshipped at the Naga, Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi shrines at the yoga centre before arriving at the Adiyogi statue.
The Prime Minister offered Kedarnath Thirtha at the Adiyogi sanctum. He then unveiled the idol for worship.
He also released a book on Adiyogi and listened to singer Kailash Kher singing the Adiyogi song.
The event at Poondi was witnessed by more than two lakh people from India and abroad.
The Prime Minister was received at the airport by Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao. They proceeded to the venue in three helicopters.
Also present at the event were Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
From Puducherry, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi was present. Several Central and State ministers and BJP leaders also participated in the event held as part of the Mahashivaratri.
According to sources, the Prime Minister reached the Coimbatore airport after the event around 8.35 pm. P
As per the schedule, he was expected to depart from Coimbatore airport to Delhi by 9 pm. But, the Prime Minister and State Chief Minister engaged in some discussions for a while, which led to the delayed takeoff. The aircraft carrying Narendra Modi departed for Delhi only around 9.25 pm.
When asked about what was discussed at the meeting, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said, “Both of them held discussions in the Coimbatore airport. But we did not know what they were discussing. All we know is that Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami is likely to go to New Delhi on February 27 to meet the Prime Minister and hold discussions on various issues in the State.”
“At that time, I would accompany him and address the grievances of the people in the State,” Pon Radhakrishnan said.