PM Modi pays tribute to Georgia’s Saint Queen Ketevan, lauds Goa for preserving her relics

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Georgia’s Saint Queen Ketevan throughout his month-to-month Mann ki Baat program declaring how “extremely emotional” the people of the nation are for her. India’s External minister Dr S Jaishankar had visited the nation earlier this month and handed over the relics of St Ketevan who was martyred in Iran in 1624.

PM recalling the “very interesting and very emotional event” of handing over the relics mentioned that the event imparts “new strength to India-Georgia friendship” and “the words that were said in praise of India in this ceremony are indeed very memorable.”

The ceremony that passed off on the Sameba Holy Trinity Cathedral noticed the participation of Georgia’s top political and non secular leaders together with the President, PM, and His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia.

St Queen Ketevan’s relics have been present in St. Augustine Convent in Old Goa, India in 2005. DNA evaluation by the CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad on the occasion of the Archaeological Survey of India confirmed its authenticity. It is believed her relics have been delivered to Goa in 1627.

PM mentioned that the “ceremony has not only strengthened the relations between the two nations but as well as between Goa and Georgia.” He defined that “this is an extremely emotional topic for the people of Georgia. That is why keeping in mind their historical, religious, and spiritual sentiments, the Government of India decided to gift a part of these relics to the people of Georgia.”

The relics have reached Georgia again after greater than 390 years. In the previous, in September 2017, relics have been despatched to Georgia for nearly a 12 months and have been returned to India in September 2018.

Lauding Goa, PM mentioned, “I would like to thank the people of Goa for preserving this unique side of the shared history of India and Georgia. Goa has been the land of many a great spiritual heritage. Saint Augustine Church is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site – a part of the Churches and Convents of Goa.”

EAM’s go to was the primary go to by an Indian exterior affairs minister to the nation because it turned impartial in 1991. Georgian Foreign Minister Irakli Menagarishvili and External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh had met in New Delhi on 11 May 2000.

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