Union Minister of State for Human Resources, D Purandeswari has called upon the young generation to be torchbearers of Indian culture and feel proud in the great heritage of Indian civilization when they go out into the world.

Speaking at the Bhagavatha Hamsa Jaynathi Sammelan organized by Malliyoor Mahaganapthy Temple in memory of Bhagavatha Hamsom Malliyoor Sankaran Namboodiri, Ms Purandeswari said that the saintly soul had through his examples given a message against divisiveness. The installation of Vaishnava Ganapathy as deity at the temple showed that he had integrated the Vaishva and Saiva traditions. The sublte message of ‘let us not fight, but work together for the prosperity of Indian philosophy was given in a subtle way by Sankaran Namboodiri, she said.

It was this message handed over down the generations which helped the nation to withstand the invasions against Indian civilization by other cultures and helped to keep our identity, she pointed out.

The saintly soul had restricted himself to the service of god. But his insistence on ‘anna daan’ for the poor showed another facet of his life in which he served the mankind. By serving the poor souls, he was in fact serving god, she said. The right way to pay obeisance to great souls was by showing the whole world that we followed in letter and spirit what they actually stood for.

Malliyoor Ganesha Puraskaram was presented to Metropolitan emeritus Philipose Mar Chrysostum of mar Thoma Church by K C Venugopal, Union Minister of State for Energy, on the occasion. K Baby, Minister for Excise presented the ‘aasthana Gaayakan Puraskaram’ to noted musician Jayan.

VKVM NSS HSS, Manjoor and Vivekandna Educational Society, Ettumanur were presented with Malliyoor Vijana Puraskaram by P J Kurian MP.

Jose K Mani MP presided. Mons Joseph MLA, O M Mathew, Kummanam Rajsekharan and others spoke on the occasion.