Began on August 9, 2012 from Kanyakumari of Tamilnadu, RSS Pracharak Sitaram Kedilaya lead Bharat Parikrama Yatra has been aimed at the upliftment of rural life in the villages of India. The Yatra
which was launched in Kanyakumari on August 9, has now covered an approximate distance of 1100km.
Devbhag, Karnataka November 27, 2012: Inspiring the coastal villages of Karnataka, the Bharat Parikrama Yatra all set to enter Goa tomorrow on Wednesday, November 29th.
The Yatra entered Karnataka on October 14th at Kannada land Kasaragod district which continuously went for a Non-Stop 45days till today. Aimed on upliftment on Gram Vikas, RSS Pracharak Sitarama Kedilaya lead Bharat Parikrama Yatra has reached the unreached through a meaningful way.
Today morning, the border village Devbagh received Bharat Parikrama Yatra which arrived from the neighbour village Binaga where Kedilaya stayed last night. After an early routine of Gou-Pooja, Kedilaya started his journey towards Devbhag which was accompanied by veteran RSS functionaries.
Sunder Lakshman, RSS Kshethreeya Seva Pramukh for Kerala-TN, Gopal Chettiyar, RSS Kshethreeya Seva Pramukh for Karnataka-Andhra, Shankarananda Sah Pranth Pracharak Karnataka North, several senior functionaries, well wishers, villagers took part in yatra on ts final day at Karnataka.
On October 14, at 7am Bharat Parikrama Yatra enetered Karnataka via entering Kasaragod near Mayippady which later travelled in successive villages namely Puttige, Dharmatthadka, Bayaru, Bedagudda, Bakrebailu (Karnataka Border Village), Konaje, Kuttar Padavu, Bikarnakatte Mangalore City, Baikampady, Tadambail near Surathkal, Sasihitlu, Haleyangadi, Hejamaadi, Ucchila, Paangala, Madhva Nagara, Uppooru, Matapady, Kodikanyana, Thekkatte, Vadera Hobli, Hemmaady, Gangolly, Naavunda, Uppunda, Shirooru, Muttahalli, of Bhatkal Taluk, Uttara Kannada District , Theranamakki, Bailoor, Manki, Banasale, Kasarakode, Karki, Handigona, Deevagi, Kodkani, Betkuly, Madanakeri, Chandumata , Alagery, Avarsa, Amadally, Beenaga, and Devabagh, today.
Elaborating on the yatra, Sitarama Kedilaya said that a span of about 10 kilo metres will be covered on a daily basis by foot, after which he will take rest in the village that falls in the vicinity. The primary task he has to undertake will be to get in touch with the youth and the prominent members of the village and discuss important issues like care of sick. This will include the handicapped, blind etc. Other activities like taking a round of the entire village and engaging in a collective session of prayer at the village temple. This will help create a bond of great depth with the people, which will help the villagers realize that villages were, once upon a time, a single encompassing family. However, this feeling has taken a back seat now, which has led to a whole lot of problems everywhere. This has now escalated to national and international levels. The feeling of unity, along with creation of family bonds, if brought back to villages will ensure restoration of harmony to a great extent. This could be instrumental in the rekindling of the concept of ‘Vasudha Eva Kudumbakam’. And then, the journey will resume to the next village.
65 year old Sitarama Kedilaya has been, for a long time, strictly adhered to having a single meal a day. During the course of the journey, he will have no possessions or belongings with him. When asked what inspired him to undertake the endeavor at this age, that too all alone, he replied, “What makes you feel that I am alone? I have the thoughts and ideas of as many as 121 crore people with me. After all the very deed is for an all encompassing nation.”
Sitaram Kedilaya has dedicated a slogan for the purpose. “Know Bharat, be Bharat and Make Bharat Vishwaguru”. The reason for the yatra is clear. The current trends that prevail are businesslike and commercial , where life is being seen only in terms of trade and profit. This unfortunately has given rise to poverty, unemployment and corruption everywhere. Another trend that prevails is that the world is now a battlefield, with life being nothing but constant strife. This thought stream has led to violence, terrorism and an existence hand with deadly weapons everywhere. This has led to deep turbulence and instability, with people all over the world making a mad scramble for any straw that will provide them with peace. And then this makes them realize that the road to solitude, ultimately happens to be Bharat. It is here that the relevance of the third and most important trend comes into being: “The world is a family and life is a revelation”.
Bharat has gifted this very concept to the entire world. This perception has no violence or strife. All it has is the message to live life filled with universal love, spirituality and compassion. Only this is required to pervade the entire world with harmony. The best place to initiate this is the villages. And so the endeavour is being undertaken for safeguarding villages, the country and the entire world.
www.samvada.org, the official website of RSS Karnataka for mass communication and media activities, has continuously published the updates of Bharat parikrama Yatra in Karnataka for non-stop 45 days.