Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been made the new Chairman of Somnath Temple Trust. Union Home Minister Amit Shah shared this news through a tweet. Amit Shah also congratulated Prime Minister Modi.
Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted that – “I heartily congratulate the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on becoming the President of Somnath Temple Trust. Modi ji’s dedication to the development of Somnath shrine area has been amazing. I am confident that under the chairmanship of Modi ji, the trust will further enhance the dignity and grandeur of the Somnath temple. “
Prime Minister Modi attended the Somnath Temple Trust meeting on Monday via video conferencing. At the meeting, all the members of the trust paid tribute to the former chairman of the trust, Keshubhai Patel, who passed away recently.
In the meeting, all the members of the trust elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the new chairman unanimously. Prime Minister Modi accepted this responsibility as well as appreciated the efforts of the members of Somnath Temple Trust.
Earlier, the trust was headed by former state Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel. Shri Somnath Religious Charitable Trust was formed under Gujarat Public Trust Act,1950 and it comprises of 8 members.
PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, former BJP veteran L.K. Advani and former Chief Secretary of Gujarat Pravin Laheri are also the members of this trust. Simultaneously, Harshvardhan Nyotia of Ambuja Nyotia group as well as JD Parmar, retired Sanskrit professor from Veraval are among the non-political members of this trust.
The Somnath Temple Trust nominates four members from the Central and State Governments, while the Board of Trustees prepares a list of prospective members and usually the members are elected from the list.
PM Modi had earlier attended the Somnath temple meeting in October via video conferencing.
All the arrangements and operational works related to the Somnath Temple are managed and conducted by the Somnath Temple Trust. This temple is one of the most legendary attraction of Gujarat tourism. A seven-hour sound and light show runs in the courtyard of the Somnath temple from seven to half past eight in the night. The illustration of Somnath temple’s unique history is through this show. Somnath temple has been broken and renovated for number of times in history.
The current structure of the temple is the one which was rebuilt post independence by the ‘Iron man’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1951. Sardar Patel, the then Home Minister of India, ordered the reconstruction of Somnath Temple in July 1947, after the merger of Junagadh into the Union of India.