In a historic development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been elected as the chairman of the Shree Somnath Trust (SST) for a five-year term, marking a significant departure from the traditional one-year tenure for the trust’s chairman. The decision, approved by the charity commissioner of Gujarat, underscores the importance of continuity and leadership in managing the iconic Somnath temple near Veraval.
The recent approval of an amendment to the deed of the Shree Somnath Trust by the charity commissioner of Gujarat has paved the way for this landmark decision. Prior to this amendment, the chairman of the trust had served a one-year term.
Prime Minister Modi’s Re-election
At the 122nd meeting of the SST’s board of trustees held at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar, Prime Minister Modi, the incumbent chairman, was re-elected to the position for a five-year term.
This marks a historic moment as it is the first time in the 74-year-long history of the Shree Somnath Trust that a chairman has been elected for a five-year tenure.
Prime Minister Modi’s Stewardship
Third Term as Chairman
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been elected as the chairman of the SST board of trustees for the third time. His first election as chairman occurred in 2021, following the unfortunate passing of the then-incumbent chairman, Keshubhai Patel, in 2020. Keshubhai Patel had served as the SST chairman since 2004.
Continuity and Leadership
The decision to re-elect Prime Minister Modi emphasizes the importance of continuity and effective leadership in the management of the Somnath temple, which holds a special place in the hearts of millions of devotees.
Showcasing Somnath’s Heritage
Release of “Meri Mitti Mera Desh” Video
In addition to his re-election, Prime Minister Modi unveiled a video prepared by the Shree Somnath Trust as part of the Centre’s “Meri Mitti Mera Desh” (My Soil, My Country) campaign. The video serves as a showcase of the rich heritage and history of the Somnath temple, further promoting the cultural significance of this iconic religious site.