By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 4 May: It is after five years that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is visiting his native village Panchur in Yamkeshwar Block of Pauri District. Two years ago, his father had died at the time of the Corona wave but Yogi could not attend the last rites. He had last visited Panchur village in February 2017, when he was Gorakhpur MP and had not even become the CM of UP. AT that time, just before the assembly elections, he had visited his native place and spent a night there.
Yogi’s current trip to Uttarakhand is for three days, of which he is spending two nights in his native village, including today. This trip probably is also one an emotional one for Yogi as he obtained his mother’s blessings. In fact, the photograph of him seeking her blessings by touching her feet, last evening, went viral across the world. It was even shared by veteran Congress leader Harish Rawat. Many other politicians and journalists shared this picture, which was trending at the top for the entire day today. Being a Veetragi Sanyasi and Yogi, he is permitted to touch the feet of his biological mother, his Guru and only other senior gurus and not even that of his biological father, who under the sanyas system is referred to as father from Poorva Ashram. He can also be addressed as son by his mother though all other family members have to call him Maharaj. Yogi is known to be an emotional person and he appeared more than once to be overwhelmed, yesterday. Once when he was remembering Mahant Avaidyanath, his Spiritual Guru and predecessor as Mahant of Gorakshnath Math, whose statue he unveiled yesterday and the second time when he touched the feet of his mother to seek her blessings. His mother also appeared to be overwhelmed with emotion during this meeting.
During his current visit, he stayed with his family members and even attended his nephew’s Mundan Ceremony and blessed him. Not to be merely attached with his immediate family, he visited the houses of the neighbours and other villagers during his morning walk and spent some time with them. He also gave the villagers lot of time last evening, in the morning and daytime today. He is reported to have met more than 300 persons. Children and women of the village and nearby villages were more interested in selfies with him and he obliged all.
Today, he inaugurated Patanjali Wellness’s state-of-the-art Centre for Integrated Therapy of Yoga, Ayurveda and Naturopathy – “Vedalife -Niramayam” in Pauri district. Today he also visited Mahagarh Temple. He is reported to be sleeping on the ground in the same room of his house where he was born. This visit is personal and media isn’t permitted access.
Tomorrow, he is likely to visit Haridwar to attend some functions. He is expected to inaugurate a hotel of the UP Government there which has been constructed in lieu of Hotel Alaknanda, which is being handed over to the Uttarakhand Government.