Rahul Gandhi visits Sivagiri, says Kerala seers preached harmony

‘Sree Narayana Guru, Chattambi Swami, Ayyankali showed Keralites the direction to move on,’ he says.

September 14, 2022 08:57 pm | Updated September 15, 2022 09:39 am IST - Thiruvananthapuram

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Sivagiri Mutt in Varkala as part of the Bharath Jodo Yatra on Wednesday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Sivagiri Mutt in Varkala as part of the Bharath Jodo Yatra on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: PTI

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi visited the Sivagiri Mutt and offered prayers at the Maha Samadhi.

He interacted with Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust president Swamy Sachidananda, general secretary Swamy Rithambarananda and other sannyasins.

Later, Swamy Sachidananda described the visit as a pleasant surprise. He said the mutt had invited Mr. Gandhi in the past. But, the visit had not transpired then. The Swamy said the Sree Narayana community constituted 28% of Kerala’s population.

However, the demographic did not seem reflected in the makeup of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP). “The Congress has just one legislator from the community,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi being  received by the seers of the Sivagiri Madhom at Varkala on Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi being received by the seers of the Sivagiri Madhom at Varkala on Wednesday.

Swamy Sachidananda reminisced about former Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi’s visit to Sivagiri.

Mr. Gandhi said the Bharath Jodo Yatra was a social counter to the divisive politics practised by some sections in the name of religion. The yatra sought to unite people and strengthen the country’s secular fabric.

A galaxy of Congress leaders accompanied Mr. Gandhi to Sivagiri. They included KPCC president K. Sudhakaran, Leader of the Opposition V.D. Satheesan and AICC organising secretary K.C. Venugopal.

Rahul Gandhi being presented with a picture of his father Rajeev Gandhi by the seers of the Sivagiri Madhom during his visit at Varkala on Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi being presented with a picture of his father Rajeev Gandhi by the seers of the Sivagiri Madhom during his visit at Varkala on Wednesday.

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