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Ahmedabad:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gujarat today to pay tribute to Swaminarayan sect’s spiritual head Pramukh Swami, whose mortal remains have been kept at a temple in Sarangpur near Ahmedabad.Ministers, politicians and devotees on Sunday also visited the Sarangpur-based Swaminarayan temple, where they paid their respect to the 95-year-old spiritual leader.

The mortal remains of the head of Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan (BAPS) Swaminarayan Sanstha have been kept at the temple till August 17 to enable devotees and citizens to have a final glimpse of the departed soul.PM Modi arrived in Sarangpur, located in adjoining Botad district this afternoon. Gujarat’s Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani paid their tributes on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party has announced party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would also visit the temple on August 16.

PM Modi has expressed grief through his tweets over Swami’s death. PM Modi also shared a photo where he is seen taking blessings from the spiritual leader.

Pramukh Swami, who was ailing for some time, died on Saturday evening at the Sarangpur temple, where he was undergoing medical treatment.

Besides Mr Rupani and Mr Patel, Gujarat Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama along with newly-inducted Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya paid floral tributes to Swami.Former Finance Minister Saurabh Patel and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela of Congress were also among those who paid their respects to the popular religious leader, who enjoyed a wide following.

As the flow of devotees is expected to increase in days to come, elaborate arrangements have been made, said Mr Rupani.

“To supervise the arrangements in the wake of huge rush of devotees, we have deployed a senior IAS officer and five IPS officers. We have also instructed District Collector and local police to ensure people do not face any problem during their visit,” said Mr Rupani.