"Sadhus and sants" can make India modern: PM Modi

PM Modi was unveiling the statue in Gorakhnath Temple

Unveiling a statue of Mahant Avaidyanath at Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said "sadhus and sants" (holy men) can play an important role in making India modern and prosperous.

It's my privilege that I had the opportunity to unveil the statue of Avaidyanathji who is inspiration to all, he said. "'Sadhus and sants' can play an important role in making India prosperous and modern. Many are already doing it," he said.

He also talked about 'sants' who have contributed to the campaign to build toilets and encouraged others to do that.

"This land is very special. Be it Gautam Budhha, Mahavir or Kabir, they all had an unbreakable bond with this nation, " Modi said.

"Whoever got the opportunity to serve this nation, gave their best. Mahant Avaidyanathji's contribution to this is immense," he added.