Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Bahubali Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsav at Shravanabelagola in Karnataka on Monday, 19 February.

The PM was felicitated by the chief of Jain Muth, Swami Charukiriti Bhattarak, following which he inaugurated the Bahubali General Hospital built by the Muth.

Reaffirming his government’s commitment to provide affordable healthcare to the people, the PM spoke on how the Ayushman Bharat Yojana will help achieve the goal.

“It is our duty to provide good quality and affordable healthcare to the poor,” the PM said.

The Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which the media has dubbed as ‘Modicare’, is a mammoth healthcare scheme announced in the Union Budget 2018 under which aims to benefit 50 crore people across the country.

Speaking at the event, which also had Jain saints and pilgrims in attendance, PM Modi praised the service of the seers to the society.

“Saints and seers from our land have always served society and made a positive difference,” he said adding that adaptability and changing with times has been the strength of the society.

PM Modi arrived in Shravanabelagola, about 85 km north of Mysuru, in a helicopter to attend the anointing ceremony of the 10th century statue of Lord Gomateshwara, which is held once in 12 years.

In the evening, Modi will address a party rally at the Maharaja Grounds in Mysuru after flagging off Mysuru-Udaipur Palace Queen Humsafar Express.