Legship, 18 Nov:
Chief Minister of Sikkim, PS Tamang along with spouse, Krishna Rai attended the Regional Vedic Sammelan as the chief guest at Kirateswar Shiva Dham, Legship,today.
The three-day Vedic Sammelan is being organised by the Maharshi Sandipani Rashtiya Vedavidya Pratishthan Ujjain, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in collaboration with the Shree Kirateswar Shiva Dham Committee, Legship, West Sikkim.
In his address, the CM said that cultural and religious seminars help to promote, protect and conserve our cultures and religions. He maintained that under the SKM government, secularism has been restored.
"We have created such an environment where people are free to follow any religion of their choice. We are committed to maintain religious freedom in the state," he said.
He added that the SKM government lifted the ban imposed by the former SDF government on the entry of spiritual guru of Heavenly Path Organization in Sikkim and that is proof of religious tolerance maintained by SKM government in Sikkim.
In the time of SDF government, persons having political affiliations could be in any religious and cultural organization in the state, but we do not endorse politics in religious and cultural matters, he said.
Speaking on the development of West Sikkim, the CM said that the SKM government would not forget the role played by the people of West Sikkim in bringing the party to power and the state government will not betray the people.
Minister-cum-MLA of Gyalshing Bermiok constituency, Lok Nath Sharma who is also the Chief Patron of the organizing committee and the president of Mandir Committee, proposed the welcome address and extended gratitude to the Chief Minister for attended the occasion as the chief guest.
He also underlined historical and religious significance of Kirateswar Mandir and proposed the upgradation of Mandir with the establishment of a statue of Lord Shiva and a monastery in the premises.
He also informed that Bhavishya Puran will begin from 20 Nov and much awaited celebration of Bala Chatturdash iMela is scheduled to be held on 24 Nov along with other components of Open Football Tournament and Cultural programme which will continue at Legshiptill 02 Dec.
Dr A VenkataswarRao, Representative of Government of India from Maharshi Sandipani Vedvidya Prathisthan, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, mentioned that the programme is being organised for the preservation, conservation and development of Vedic culture. He also talked about various programmes and activities being organised by the Prathisthan in the country. He also assured to support initiation of a Gurukool Pathshala at Kirateswar Shiva Dham, Legship.
D rRavindra Bhattacharya from Kolkata University also addressed the gathering in Sanskrit language.
The programmesaw chanting of the sacred scriptures of all four Vedas; Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda, and its interpretations by experts from Varanasi and Assam.
Earlier, the Chief Minister and his spouse took part in puja ceremony and offered prayers for peace and prosperity of the state and well being of the citizens.
The programme was also attended by the Deputy Speaker, Sangey Lepcha, MLA Rhenock Constituency, Bishnu Khatiwara, Political Secretary to CM, Jacob Khaling, Press Advisor, CP Sharma, Chairman State Bank of Sikkim, D B Gurung, D rPrafulla Kumar Mishra, Chancellor, Dr Rajendra Prashad Central Agriculture University, Pusa, Bihar, Secretary to CM, SD Dhakal, Special DGP A Sudhakar Rao, District Collector West, Karma R Bonpo, officials and large number of devotees.