A month long discourse on epic Ramayana began in an innovative style at Parmarth Niketan to elicit focus on sustainable living, nation building and conservation of natural resources. The religious event was inaugurated by the Uttarakhand governor Baby Rani Maurya.
Speaking on the occasion Maurya said, “Ganga might flow as a river among us but we must never forget that she is the divine mother herself, granting us the precious gifts of clean water, clean environment and fresh oxygen. It is therefore our prime duty to preserve and protect her.” She exhorted the gathering to become the instruments through which a new India, a clean, sustainable and resilient India is created. She stressed on nation building with the promotion of and pride in the nation’s languages of Hindi and Sanskrit. She said that a strong connect to the mother tongue plays a key role in a nation’s ability to instill pride in their roots and thereby strengthen the creation of a strong nation.
President of Parmarth Niketan, Chidanand Saraswati said, “Today is the beginning of the month long discourse which is officially dedicated to promoting nation building, sustainable living and protecting our sacred rivers. Every day the month long celebration and recitation of Lord Ram's life and teachings would welcome revered saints and eminent leaders to lead pledges and inspire committed action that would make our world a cleaner and greener place for all beings.”
Bhagawati Saraswati of Divine Shakti Foundation said that during this Katha occasions like Buddha Purnima, Ganga Dussehra and Nirjala Ekadashi will be observed and focus would be on how lives can become clean, green celebrations to make the world a better place for all beings.