Today, on the occasion of Ram Navami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 14th Foundation Day celebrations of Umiya Mata Temple at Gathila, Junagadh, Gujarat via video conferencing. Yes and during this PM Modi said, 'It is because of having water that Patidars will become watery and now they should take a pledge to make 75 Amrit Sarovar in every district on the Amrit Festival of Independence.' The temple was also inaugurated by PM Modi in 2008 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel also participated in today's program.
Umiya Maa is considered the 'Kuldevi' of Kadwa Patidars. In such a situation, PM Modi said in his address, 'I have always felt the power of collectivity. This holy place of Umiya Mata temple is a centre of faith, but now this place has become a centre of social consciousness and tourism. With this, while speaking to the people of the temple trust, the PM said, 'Whatever the devotees of Maa Umiya have asked, you have tried to fulfil it. Many congratulations to those who did this.
He further said, "There will be many programmes in the Dham of Maa Umiya, only then this place will become the centre of true social consciousness. When the country celebrates 100 years of independence in 2047, the society and every citizen should decide where the country will be. A thought has come to my mind that 75 Amrit Sarovars should be constructed in every district on the occasion of Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. So that the coming generation 25 years from today will see that the people of our village have built this lake. It is only when there is water that the Patidar becomes watery and the village will develop from the pond itself.''
This temple is not special for PM Modi just because he inaugurated it. In fact, this is special because, on the basis of the suggestions made by Prime Minister Modi in 2008, the temple trust has expanded its scope to various social and health-related activities as well as free cataract operations and free Ayurvedic medicines for economically weaker patients.