Mahadev bhakt Modi names Chandrayaan landing site ‘Shiv Shakti Point’

August 23, the date of Chandrayaan-3’s landing on the moon, will be celebrated as National Space Day

BENGALURU | Updated: 26 August, 2023 10:48 am IST
PM Modi, in ISRO, says Chandrayaan's success belongs to whole humanity.

BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has rebuilt Kedarnath, Ujjain Mahakaal and Kashi Vishwanath across India — the places where Lord Shiva lived in various forms — has announced India will call Chandrayaan-3’s landing site on the moon as ‘Shiv Shakti Point’.

He made the announcement following an interaction with Indian space scientists and engineers at Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), immediately after landing in Bengaluru from a visit to South Africa and Greece.

Explaining the choice of name, Modi said, “The ‘Shakti’ in the name ‘Shiv Shakti’ derives from the unwavering dedication, inspiration, and empowerment demonstrated by our women scientists.”

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This amalgamation of spirituality and the empowerment of women scientists is emblematic of his vision for a progressive India.

Chandrayaan-2’s memorable but unsuccessful landing on the moon in 2019 has not been forgotten. The place where Chandrayaan-2’s lander crashed will now be referred to as ‘Tiranga Point’.

“The moment has arrived to commemorate the point where Chandrayaan-2 left its mark. With the Tiranga proudly displayed on the moon, it is fitting to name this point ‘Tiranga Point’ as a symbol of India’s debut connection with the Moon’s surface,” Modi stated.

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The prime minister also announced that August 23, the date of Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing near the moon’s south pole, as National Space Day to celebrate India’s achievements in science and technology and inspire future generations to embrace the wonders of space exploration.

During his visit to ISTRAC, Modi was greeted by ISRO chief S Somanath and other top officials. Addressing the gathering, the prime minister hailed the recent success of Chandrayaan-3 as a source of inspiration for the world. He noted that India’s accomplishments in the realm of science and technology have been firmly established, marking a momentous stride in the modern era.

On the day of the soft-landing, PM Modi joined ISRO scientists from Johannesburg, South Africa where he attended the 15th BRICS Summit. Speaking via video conference, PM Modi had said that India’s lunar success belongs to the entire humanity.

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