Bharat Parikrama Yatra lead by former RSS functionary Sitaram Kedilaya has reached Kanyakumari District in Tamilnadu completing 1797 days (nearly 5 years) covering 23,100 km of mega walkathon touching the 2350 villages of 23 states of Bharat. This Parikrama Yatra will conclude on July 9 at Kanyakumari. On this occasion, RSS Sarasanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagawath ji will grace the valedictory ceremony.
On Saturday July 08th Bharat Parikrama Yatra to reach Kanyakumari’s Vivekananda Memorial. On Sunday July 09th morning at 4.00 am Bharat Parikrama Yatra’s Final walkathon to be held from Vivekananda Memorial to Kanyakumari Temple. After this a special Parikrama (Pradakshinam) will be held to the Temple followed with Nairmalya Darshanam. Then Sitarama Kedilaya to move to Sea Shore, the southern tip of Bharat, where a special prayer will be offered followed with Dhwajaavataranam. Later, Sitarama Kedilaya to thank everyone who supported his Yatra. A special Yajnam named ‘Vishwajigeeshu Yaag’ to be performed which is first of its kind, praying to make Bharat a Vishwaguru. At noon, poornahuti of the Yaag to be held. RSS Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat ji will attend this ceremony.
In the evening, at 4.00pm a public valedictory ceremony to be held at Nagarcoil city, in which RSS Sarasanghachalak, Sahsarakaryavah Sri Dattatreya Hosabale, noted film stars, poets, socio-religious leaders are likely to participate.
Aiming the upliftment of rural Indian life through Gram Vikas, RSS former Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh Sitarama Kedilaya’s BHARAT PARIKRAMA YATRA began on August 09, 2012 from Kanyakumari, to conclude at Kanyakumari Temple premises on Ashadha Poornima or GuruPoorinma Day of July 9, 2017.
RSS Sarasanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat to address the Valedictory Ceremony of Bharat Parikrama Yatra on July 09, 2017 at Kanyakumari.
Bharat Parikrama Yatra had entered Tamilnadu on December 2, 2016 from Andhra Pradesh. Sitarama Kedilaya had visited RSS national meet Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) held at Coimbatore where he had met Sarasanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat, Sarakaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Sahsarakaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale and other prominent RSS functionaries including veteran pracharaks Madan Das Devi and Ranga Hari.
Sitarama Kedilaya had visited Kancheepuram and other historic palces of Tamilnadu. After Karur district, Bharat Parikrama Yatra entered Tiruchy, then moved to Tanjavoor, Rameshwaram, Madhurai and finally reached Kanyakumari district.
RSS Sahsarakaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale had joined Bharat Parikrama Yatra in Tamilnadu. He will also attend the valedictory ceremony of Bharat Parikrama Yatra at Kanyakumari on July 09, 2017.
Earlier, Mohan Bhagwat ji joined Bharat Parikrama Yatra on September 08, 2013 at Seekar district of Rajasthan. He echoed the aims and concept of the Bharat Parikrama Yatra which was aiming the upliftment of rural Indian life. He also stressed on the conservation of water, soil, cow, all forms natural resources and wished Kedilaya for the successful completion of Bharat Parikrama Yatra. This is the second visit of RSS Sarasanghachalak in the same year, who earlier joined Yatra in January 2013 at Panvel of Maharashtra.
Elaborating on the yatra, Sitarama Kedilaya said that a span of about 10 kilometers will be covered on a daily basis by foot, after which he will take rest in the village that falls in the vicinity. The primary task was to get in touch with the youth and the prominent members of the village and discuss important issues like care of sick. This will include the handicapped, blind etc. Other activities include taking a round of the entire village and engaging in a collective session of prayer at the village temple. This will help create a bond of great depth with the people, which will help the villagers realize that villages were, once upon a time, a single encompassing family. However, this feeling has taken a back seat now, which has led to a whole lot of problems everywhere. This has now escalated to national and international levels. The feeling of unity, along with creation of family bonds, if brought back to villages will ensure restoration of harmony to a great extent. This could be instrumental in the rekindling of the concept of ‘Vasudha Eva Kudumbakam’. And then, the journey will resume to the next village.
The dedicated slogan of Sri Sitaram Kedilaya on this yatra was “Know Bharat, be Bharat and Make Bharat Vishwaguru”. The aim for the yatra is to assess the current trends prevailing in the society, where life is being seen only in terms of trade and perception of life as profit as a business entity. This unfortunately has given rise to poverty, unemployment and corruption everywhere.
Another trend that prevails is that the world is now a battlefield, with life being nothing but constant strife. This thought stream has led to violence, terrorism and an existence hand with deadly weapons everywhere. This has led to deep turbulence and instability, with people all over the world making a mad scramble for any straw that will provide them with peace. And then this makes them realize that the road to solitude, ultimately happens to be Bharat. It is here that the relevance of the third and most important trend comes into being: “The world is a family and life is a revelation”.