New Delhi, News24 Bureau, March 20: Much furore was raised by the BJP workers when Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi visited Vindhyavasini Devi Temple near Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. Her religious visit was marred by pro-Modi slogans raised by BJP supporters. Very few people know that Priyanka Gandhi believes in spiritual self-discovery and has practised meditation.Gandhi, on a boat ride on the Ganga from Pryagraj to Varanasi, has been visiting well-known temples and has assailed the Modi government in her interactions with people. But she has largely steered away from politics in her tweets. Here are five lesser-known facts about Priyanka.1. Gandhi had taken a Vipassana meditation course and has been practising meditation. "I was so troubled by the fact that I didn't know my mind, so I just disappeared and went for 10 days of meditation," she had said in an interview years ago.2. She has also pursued a Masters degree in Buddhist studies.3. The Vipassana philosophy deeply inspired Priyanka. 'Vipassana' means to see things as they really are and is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Buddha more than 2,500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for all ills.4. Priyanka Gandhi's boat journey is marked by religious and political symbolism to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party's Hindutva thrust ahead of Lok Sabha elections.5. Priyanka Gandhi is said to be a spiritual person. Gandhi began her Ganga Yatra on Monday on a specially-prepared boat from the Sangam in Prayagraj after offering prayers. She went to have 'darshan' of Akshaywat and worshipped at the Bade Hanuman temple. On Tuesday, she visited Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, eight kilometres from Mirzapur.