September 14, 2021 09:29 AM

Abohar (Face2News)

Hundreds of people gathered in Sahitya Sadan complex here to pay tributes to  Swami Keshwanand, former MP, known as an immortal educationist and octogenarian saint on his 49th death anniversary.

Chief guest Municipal Commissioner Abhijeet Kaplish and presiding official Mayor Vimal Thatai assured all sort of cooperation to the management in celebrating the centenary of the Sadan. Kaplish said Sahitya Sadan has got one of the richest collections of books and handwritten scripts that the Swami had arranged in the Pre-Independence era.

Gopichand Arya Mahila College principal Dr Rekha Sood Handa, who had translated the book on Swamiji's life by historian Dr MM Juneja, said that the famine of 1899 in Rajasthan forced the 16-year-old Birama, to reach here. He got shelter and basic education in Arya Anathalya Ferozepur and Sadhu Ashram Fazilka. This boy was later known as Swami Keshwanand.

Mayor Thatai said that the Swami emerged as torch bearer of women literacy in rural areas in Punjab and Rajasthan and established a record number of 286 schools and Gramothan Vidyapeeth Sangria. He had provided shelter to some prominent freedom fighters also.

Lekhak Parishad president Raj Sadosh, who had met Swami ji during school days several times, said that despite his status as Member of Rajya Sabha, when Swamiji was found dead 49 years ago on a footpath in Delhi, he had less than Rs 100 in his pocket. The country needs such ideal leaders. Sadan president Surya Kant Rinwa led hundreds of people today in offering flower petals at Swami’s memorial.

Swami Keshwanand Ayurvedic Hospital incharge Dr Sandeep Watts, school Principal Anurag Nagpal and social activist Kulbhushan Hiteshi also threw light on Swami ji’s life. Havan Yajna was also organised for peace and prosperity. 

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