“The Manthra of Ramayana is not a character but a trait we all need to be cautious about” said Pujya Bhaishri during Ram Katha at Katau, Gujarat

On the occasion of the centenary of Shri Khakhiji Maharaj, Pujya Bhaishri’s Ram katha and a 108 Kundi Shri Ram katha Mahayagna was organised on 5th January 2009 in Katau, Gujarat by Shri Khakhiji Maharaj Shatabdi Mahotsav Samiti. Shri Pravinbhai Kotak of Ahmedabad was the chief host of this katha.

A grand Shobha yatra of the Pothiji traversed through the streets of Katau town on the first day. The inaugural session was graced by the presence of well known spiritual luminaries like Pujya Swami Shri Chidanand Saraswati (Pujya muniji), Brahmapeethadheeshwar Shri Kathia Parivar Acharya Shri 1008 Param Pujya Shri Narayanadevacharyaji Maharaj of Triveni dham, Rajasthan and Mahant Shri Rameshvardasji Maharaj of Jagannath temple, Ahmedabad. Other dignitaries who also dignified the occasion were the Governor of Gujarat: H. E.  Shri Navalkishor Sharma, the speaker of Gujarat assembly: Hon. Shri Ashok Bhatt and The MP & President of Gujarat Pradesh BJP: Hon. Shri Purshottam Rupala.

During deepa pragatya Swami Shri Chidanandji said that it was a very opportune moment for the people of Katau to be hearing Ram katha narrated by Pujya Bhaishri. More than a hundred thousand people will be listening to this katha. It is the religious faith of these people, their devotion towards spiritual matters and their spirit of service towards others that sustains and keeps our country united.

Governor Shri Navalkishore Sharma said in his speech that he considered himself as fortunate to be lighting the auspicious lamp for this katha. He said that he only gets the opportunity to listen to Pujya Bhaishri’s katha two to three times a year.

Pujya Bhaishri said in his narration of the Ram katha, “In Ramayan, Ravan was killed by Lord Ram but the fate of Manthra is not mentioned anywhere. Manthra is not a character but it is a trait or tendency which is more dangerous than Ravan. Hence we find some people displaying the traits of Manthra. This trait leads to destruction in the domestic lives of people. Hence one should be cautious against these characteristics. In addition, the youth of our country should emulate the spirit of Jatayu who risked and sacrificed his life to save Sitaji.”

Apart from food being served on all days of the katha, a huge bhandara for saints and sages was also arranged on the last day, 13th January, of the katha.

In addition, Pujya Bhaishri visited Shri Pathmeda Gaushala, the largest gaushala in India. He also visited the border post where he recited the Hanuman Chalisa with the jawans and blessed the army.


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