On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the month-long Kashi Tamil Sangamam in Varanasi, saying that the Kashi-Tamil confluence is as sacred as the Ganga-Yamuna Sangam.
Modi Ji praised Kashi and Tamil Nadu as timeless centers of culture and civilization during his inauguration speech. “The two regions are also home to the world’s oldest languages, Sanskrit and Tamil,”
“If in Kashi there is Baba Vishwanath, then in Tamil Nadu there is the blessing of Lord Rameshwaram,” Modi said. “Both Kashi and Tamil Nadu are ‘Shivmay’ (drenched in Lord Shiv devotion) and ‘Shaktimay’ (drenched in Goddess Shakti devotion),” he said at an event in his Lok Sabha constituency.
The Kashi Tamil Sangamam event has been planned on a grand scale in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh government and the Government of India. Visitors can learn about Dravidian culture and also introduce the people of Uttar Pradesh to Tamil Nadu’s culture, cuisine, and music.
The Prime Minister arrived in Varanasi earlier in the day and was greeted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The inauguration was also attended by Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai and music composer Illaiyaraja.
Around 75 stalls showcasing Tamil Nadu’s cultural diversity are being set up at BHU’s Amphitheater Ground in Varanasi, which will display Tamil Nadu’s products, handicrafts, and handlooms. In addition, an exhibition depicting the struggle of freedom fighters will be held.