In order to celebrate Diwali, or the festival of lights, with soldiers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Kargil on Monday morning. Since 2014, when he was elected prime minister for the first time, Modi has been celebrating Diwali with security personnel. Photos were posted shortly after he arrived at Kargil, Ladakh, in a tweet from his office.
“Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi has landed in Kargil, where he will celebrate Diwali with our brave soldiers.”
After spending the previous day celebrating Deepotsav at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, where the temple town saw a new world record of 15 lakh diyas being lit on the banks of the Saryu river, he travelled to Kargil. He also prayed to Ram Lalla (the child Ram) in the Janmabhoomi complex and checked on the status of the Ram Temple’s construction.
PM Modi has a busy schedule leading up to Diwali, including trips to both his home state of Gujarat and Uttarakhand. He opened a number of construction projects in Uttarakhand and paid a visit to the well-known Kedarnath and Badrinath sanctuaries.
In Siachen, Modi first observed the festival of lights while serving as prime minister in 2014. He travelled to Punjab in 2015 to commemorate the Indian Army’s 50th anniversary of victories in the war with Pakistan in 1965. In contrast to 2016, when he spent the festival with security troops close to the China border, in 2017 he was in the Gurez Sector of North Kashmir.
He lived in Harsil, Uttarakhand, in 2018 and Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir, the following year. He appeared in J&K’s Nowshera last year. India would begin to celebrate Diwali without Covid restrictions two years later.