CM sees need to spread Narayana Guru's message

CM sees need to spread Narayana Guru's message

 Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said Sri Narayana Guru, who fought against inequality and untouchability, has left behind an indelible mark on the social polity of the country.

Speaking after inaugurating Brahmashri Jnana Mandira constructed under the aegis of Brahmashri Narayana Guru Seva Samithi at Sajipamooda on Thursday, he said the teachings of Narayana Guru are relevant even to this day and there is a need to spread his message.

He said, “When the upper class refused to allow the oppressed classes to temples, Sri Narayana Guru constructed temples which were open to all, irrespective of caste and gave prime importance to education.”

He lauded the efforts of former Union minister B Janardhana Poojary in appointing dalit women as priests in Kudroli Gokarnanantheshwara temple in Mangaluru.

“Some people are demanding review of the reservation system in the country and are trying to divide the society on the basis of caste. The society should be cautious of such individuals. The reservation system will be in force as long as the caste system prevails in the country,” he said.

He said the state cabinet has decided to introduce reservation in contracts in some government works to SCs and STs to ensure equal faciities to all.

Billava Mahamandala spokesperson K Harikrishna Bantwal, in his introductory speech, said, “The messages of Narayana Guru should be introduced in the school syllabus. Narayana Guru Peetha should be started at Mangalore University.”

President of Brahmasri Narayana Guru Seva Samithi Sanjeeva Poojary Kuchigudde was felicitated on the occasion. Kerala Shivagiri Mutt seer Sri Satyananda Theertha Swami graced the occasion.

Former Union minister B Janardhana Poojary presided over the programme.
Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the house of District In-charge Minister Ramanath Rai and savoured ‘Pathrode,’ ‘Basalepundi,’ ‘Semige Avalakki,’ and ‘Idli Sambar’.

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