Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Orakandi, a sacred shrine of the "Matua" community in Gopalganj, and the Orakandi Thakur Bari is taking all kinds of preparations to welcome him.
The Indian premier is set to visit the Bangabandhu memorial in Tungipara to pay homage to Bangladesh's Founding Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 27 and on the same day, he is expected to visit Orakandi temple. Subrato Thakur, chairman of Kashiani upazila parishad, and also a member of Thakur Family, said, "All the family members along with all the followers of Harichand Thakur, the founder of the "Matua" community, are very happy as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Orakandi. We the family members of Harichand Thakur are painting the temple." Padmanav Thakur, president of Bangladesh Matua Mahacommission, said, "We came to know that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pray at the temple of Harichand Thakur. He will also exchange views with the family members of Harichand Thakur." The government is constructing four helipads, 500 metres of road and a rest house on the occasion of PM Modi's visit, added Subrato Thakur. Md Habibur Rahman, engineer of Kashiani Upazila Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), said, "We have been making four helipads and 500 metres of HBB roads inside Thakur Bari. We have also been repairing eight kilometres road from Tilchor of Dhaka-Khulna Highway to Thakur bari and 600 metres road from Rahut- Thakurbari entrance." Md Azizur Rahman, officer in-charge of Kashiani Police Station, said "Primarily we have taken all kinds security measures as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit the Orakandi Temple."