New Delhi, June 28:  In UP on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a rally and lay the foundation stone of a research institute in Maghar to mark the 500th death anniversary of Kabir Das, the mystic poet and saint. According to an official statement issued in New Delhi, the prime minister will offer a ‘chadar’ at the ‘mazaar’ of Kabir in Maghar.Also Read - Recovery Of Two Headless Bodies In Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal Creates Sensation, Heads Still Missing

Modi will visit the Sant Kabir cave and unveil a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the Kabir Academy which will highlight the great saint’s teachings and philosophy. Also Read - Kanpur: 1 Drowns, Five Go Missing While Taking Bath In Ganga

Modi was received by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. During his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat” on Sunday, the prime minister had recalled the contribution of 15th-century poet and saint Kabir Das in dispelling superstitions. Kabir Das chose to breathe his last in Maghar, despite the common belief that whoever died there did not reach heaven, he had said. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh: 10 People, Including Four Girls, Feared Drown In Gomti And Ganga Rivers, Search Underway

Kabir Das preferred to breathe his last in Maghar, despite the common belief that whoever dies there does not reach heaven, he had said. “Just as the prime minister gave a message from the Gorakhnath peeth in Gorakhpur in 2014, he will give a message from the nirvan sthali of Kabir Das this time,” zonal vice president of the BJP, Satyendra Sinha said

The prime minister will be taken round the mausoleum of Kabir Das. He would also lay the foundation stone of the Sant Kabir Academy, a research institute expected to come up at a cost of Rs. 24 crore, Sinha said. His visit will give a message of social harmony as Sant Kabir stood for equality, he added.

Meanwhile, as far as Modi’s itinerary is concerned, he will fly directly to Maghar in Sant Kabir Nagar district instead of landing first at the Gorakhpur airport which has been closed for the day after rainwater flooded the runway.

In the recently held by-polls, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which contested separately during UP assembly polls and lost to BJP, emerged winners after joining hands in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

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