Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed a gathering of saints and devotees at the Ugadi Festival, through video conferencing. The Prime Minister extended his greetings to the audience and regretted that he couldn't participate in the programme due to shortage of time. A mass programme is being held in Andhra Pradesh's Srisailam to mark the festival. As per Hindus' mythological beliefs, Lord Brahma created the universe on this day and it also marks beginning of Chaitra Navratri. Srisailam has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries.