Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday inaugurated Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya's office in Jayanagar. Tejasvi Surya gifted Amit Shah a portrait with a picture of Shah along with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel - the first Home Minister of India.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was also present at the inauguration event. Earlier, Amit Shah also visited Brindavana of Sri Vishwesha Tirtharu Swami of Pejawara Mutt at Vidyapeetha in Bengaluru.
Karnataka: Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Brindavana of Sri Vishwesha Tirtharu Swami of Pejawara Mutt at Vidyapeetha in Bengaluru today. Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa also present. pic.twitter.com/oLBMzijpa0— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2020
Before inaugurating Tejasvi Surya's office, Amit Shah addressed the Vedanta Bharati's 'Viveka Deepini Mahasamarpane' event at Sri Krishnavihar, Palace Grounds. In his speech, Shah thanked Vedanta Bharati for their efforts in introducing the knowledge of Vedas and the writings of Adi Shankaracharya to the children.
"In October 2017, Prime Minister Modi had taken personal interest and given the work of translation of this questionnaire to the Sahitya Akademi. It is being translated in 24 Indian languages. This shows that PM Modi understood how relevant the document is, even today," Shah said at the event in Bengaluru.
"Vedanta Bharati, on their own initiative, has already published translations of the Vivekadeepini in 10 languages. I could see the Gujarati edition, and it gave me tremendous peace and joy," he added. The programme began with the chanting of "Viveka Deepini" slokas by over one lakh students from various schools of Bengaluru city and district. He further assured all help to Vedanta Bharati in their future initiatives.
Asking the students present at the event to read and imbibe the messages given by Adi Shankaracharya, Shah said, "We all should read and take inspiration from Adi Shankaracharya's life. Living in such a minimalistic way, he went around the country on foot seven times. He also built four maths in four directions in the entire country. He built the Joshi Math in Kedarnath, Sharda Math in Dwarka, Govardhan Math in Puri and Sringeri in Karnataka. He started the tradition of safeguarding our values by spreading the Vedas and Upanishads at these four maths."
Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to address a massive rally on the Citizenship Act in Hubli. It will be held at 5:20 pm at the Nehru Maidan. As many as 5,000 police personnel have been deployed to ensure security for the rally. The police have barred protests in the run-up to the rally and warned violators would be detained. Traffic diversions will also be enforced.
(with ANI inputs)