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70 men embark on cycle ‘yatra’ to spread noble thoughts

The ‘Cycle Yatra’ from Jaggaiahpeta (Krishna district) that reached Tirupati on Thursday after seven days, is received by G. Muddukrishnama Naidu (TDP) and G. Bhanuprakash Reddy (BJP) in Tirupati on Thursday. Jaggaiahpeta MLA Sriram Rajagopal (Tataiah) is also seen riding a bicycle.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
The ‘Cycle Yatra’ from Jaggaiahpeta (Krishna district) that reached Tirupati on Thursday after seven days, is received by G. Muddukrishnama Naidu (TDP) and G. Bhanuprakash Reddy (BJP) in Tirupati on Thursday. Jaggaiahpeta MLA Sriram Rajagopal (Tataiah) is also seen riding a bicycle.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

It is normal to find ‘Cycle Yatras’ taken out with political ambitions or for spreading public awareness. But this one is different.

The ‘Cycle Yatra’ from Krishna district to the temple city of Tirupati is aimed at spreading noble thoughts and moral values among the public. The Yatra with 70 bicyclists started at ‘Sri Gurudham’ in Balusupadu village of Jaggiahpeta constituency on February 15, which reached Tirupati on Thursday. Inspired by spiritualist Sri Sadguru Sivananda Murthy and mooted by philosopher Gentela Venkataramana Gurudev of ‘Gurudham’, the contingent started off to spread the message of self-discipline, ethics and probity in political leaders, bureaucrats and even general public.

Jaggaiahpeta MLA Sriram Rajagopal (Thathaiah) led the rally for the first day and joined the team in Tirupati on Thursday.

“We stopped at major junctions and towns en route, met school and college students and spread the message on making India corruption-free”, explained journalist B. Ravikiran, who was among the cyclists.

From an 11-year-old boy to a 72-year-old senior citizen, the participants spread across all age groups in the team were energetic and enthusiastic on their mission.

“In fact, the team is a disparate group of workers, farmers and professionals sharing the common thread of spreading the noble thought”, says a member Karlapati Venkata Srinivasa Rao.

TDP leader G. Muddukrishnama Naidu and BJP youth leader G. Bhanuprakash Reddy received the team in the city and pedalled along the route for a while. The members locked their bicycles here and started off their holy trek to Tirumala hills by Thursday afternoon. The Yatra is deemed to be completed on Friday.


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