PM participates in inaugural ceremony of Sivagiri pilgrimage

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PM participates in inaugural ceremony of Sivagiri pilgrimage

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the inaugural ceremony of year-long joint celebrations of the 90th anniversary of Sivagiri Pilgrimage and Golden Jubilee of Brahma Vidhyalaya on Tuesday at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. He also launched the logo for year-long joint celebrations.

Both Sivagiri Pilgrimage and Brahma Vidhyalaya were started with the blessing and guidance of great social reformer Shri Narayana Guru. Apart from the spiritual leaders of Sivagiri Mutt and devotees, union Ministers, Rajeev Chandrasekhar and V Muraleedharan were among those present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister expressed his happiness on receiving saints in his house. He recalled meeting Sivagiri Mutt saints and devotees over the years and how he always felt energized by the interaction. He recalled the time of Uttrakhand-Kedarnath tragedy when despite having Congress government at the centre and a Defence Minister from Kerala, he, as Chief Minister of Gujarat was asked to help Sivagiri Mutt saints by the Mutt. The Prime Minister said that he will never forget this privilege.

The Prime Minister commented that celebrations of 90th anniversary of Sivagiri Pilgrimage and Golden Jubilee of Brahma Vidhyalaya are not confined to the journey of these institutions but "this is also the immortal journey of that idea of India, which keeps moving forward through different mediums in different periods."

He continued, "Be it the city of Shiva in Varanasi or Shivagiri in Varkala, every centre of India's energy holds a special place in the lives of all of us Indians. These places are not mere pilgrimages, they are not just centres of faith, they are awakened establishments of the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat."

Narayan Guru campaigned against stereotypes and evils and made India aware of its reality. He fought a logical and practical fight against the discrimination going on in the name of casteism. "Today, with the same inspiration of Narayan Guru Ji, the country is serving the poor, downtrodden, backward, giving them their rights," the Prime Minister said, adding that the country was moving with the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas.

The Prime Minister further said, as Indians, we have only one caste i.e. Indianness. We have only one religion the dharma of service and duty. We have only one god Mother India. Shri Narayan Guru's exhortation of "One Caste, One Religion, One God" gives a spiritual dimension to our patriotism, he added. "We all know that no goal of the world is impossible for the united Indians," he said.