Shambhu (Patiala): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that ‘Bhagwan Valmiki Ji Darshan Yatra’ was symbolic of our age old legacy of propagating love, universal brotherhood, harmony and compassion.
The Chief Minister along with his Cabinet colleagues, eminent religious leaders and members of the SGPC paid their obeisance to the idol of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji.
It may be recalled that the six feet gold plated idol weighing 800 kilograms, of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji would be installed at Bhagwan Valmiki Sathal (Ram Tirath) at Amritsar on December 1.
Addressing the mammoth gathering on the occasion of starting the week long ‘Bhagwan Valmiki Ji Darshan Yatra today’,the Chief Minister exhorted the people to throng the sacred Bhagwan Valmiki Sathal where this magnificent idol would be installed with full religious fervor, rituals and reverence.
The Chief Minister said that the idol of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji would be taken to different places across the state in a religious procession (darshan yatra) and would finally reach at Bhagwan Valmiki Sathal at Sri Ram Tirath Temple, Amritsar on November 25. The route of the religious procession has been planned in such a manner that people from all faiths could pay their obeisance and reverence to the ‘Karuna Sagar’ Bhagwan Valmiki Ji.
The Chief Minister said that the state of art historical monument cum Temple with inbuilt Museum and Panorama at Sri Valmiki Ashram (Ram Tirath) near Amritsar would be a humble tribute by the state government to Bhagwan Valmiki ji, who had preached the message of equality and universal brotherhood.
He said that this unique project, which had come up at a cost of Rs 200 crore, would be instrumental in perpetuating the rich legacy of Bhagwan Valmiki Ji. He said that the world class design of this temple cum museum has been conceived and prepared by the architects of Guru Nanak Dev University while keeping in mind the religious sanctity of this historic place.
Chief Minister said that Bhagwan Valmiki Ji Maharaj was the “Pitaamah” of Sanskrit language and first poet or the Adi Kavi of the world who by his immortal composition the “Ramayana” propagated the message of victory of good over evil.
He said that two such prestigious memorials Bhagwan Valmiki Sathal at Amritsar and Guru Ravidass Memorial (Khuralgarh) at Hoshiarpur would be soon dedicated to the mankind. The Chief Minister was accompanied by a battery of officers.
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