Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Janapav, the birthplace of Lord Parshuram, near Indore in the state is being developed from the point of view of spirituality and tourism. Janapav will emerge as a divine and grand centre. The state government has made arrangements to give honorarium to the priests of temples and incentives to the students studying in Sanskrit schools, who are becoming proficient in performing religious rites, along with a public holiday on Lord Parshuram Jayanti. An initiative has been taken to give Rs 8,000 to the students of class 1st to 5th and Rs 10,000 to the students of class 6th to 12th. The Biography of Lord Parshuram will also be taught in the textbooks.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was addressing the Brahmin Mahakumbh programme at Jamboree Maidan, Bhopal today. CM Shri Chouhan said that by changing the earlier provision of auctioning of the land of temples for one year by the collector this authority has been given to the priests. Along with this, it is necessary to co-operate with the priest in the temple for works like worship, prayer and aarti. Apart from providing a monthly amount of Rs. 5 thousand for temples without agricultural land area, work will be done to get the temples surveyed. Meritorious and economically weak students of Brahmin society will be given education facilities in medical, engineering and other higher education institutions. Land will be arranged for the Brahmin community on the basis of availability in Bhopal, so that it will be easy to make provision for educational arrangements and social work. On the suggestion of setting-up a separate commission or board, necessary decision will be taken after discussion and consultation with prominent persons of the society.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that one who knows Brahma or God is a Brahmin. Brahmins have done the work of preserving Indian life-values and culture. Today, the main reason for the unity of India is the important work done by Adi Shankaracharya to unite India. The work of establishing Shankaracharya's statue and establishment of Advaita Sansthan is going on in Omkareshwar. Be it our traditions or the field of literature or the field of science, politics, geography etc., there is no discipline in which Brahmins are not proficient, if Chanakya was not there then Chandragupta would not have been there either. Mangal Pandey fired the first bullet for India's freedom movement. Be it Bismil or Chandrashekhar Azad, they sacrificed their lives for freedom. Tagore, Lata Didi and Makhanlal Chaturvedi were born from Brahmin society. The talents of Brahmin society have done wonderful work in many fields.
Public Works Minister Shri Gopal Bhargava said that the Brahmin society should present an example of mutual co-operation in case of education of poor children, marriage of daughters of poor families, accident or other crisis. It is necessary to expand this feeling. The Brahmin class has been successful in various fields by the use of intelligence, knowledge and strength of character. Today, there is a need for continuous guidance by the brothers of the society to the youths not to consume alcohol and avoid other evils.
Former Union Minister Shri Suresh Pachauri said that Brahmin society wishes for the welfare of all. It is our responsibility to educate such people of the society who are not able to get education due to lack of money.
Member of Parliament Shri Vishnu Dutt Sharma said that the Brahmin class has made significant contribution in the preservation of religion, culture and the governance system. Adi Shankaracharya tied the nation in one thread. The contribution of the society in the spiritual field is continuously being received. Initiative has been taken to establish 108 feet statue of Lord Parshuram in Vijayraghavgarh. Shri Sumit Pachauri read the 11-point suggestion letter on behalf of the Brahmin community. The programme was also addressed by Swami Sadanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya Dwarka Sharda Peeth.
Journalists Shri Vinod Tiwari and Smt. Purva Trivedi conducted the programme. Chief Minister Shri Chouhan was welcomed and presented a memento. Former ministers Shri Sanjay Satyendra Pathak and Shri PC Sharma, MLA Shri Rameshwar Sharma, former mayor Shri Alok Sharma, editor-in-chief of Dainik Swadesh.