Bengaluru November 05: Veteran RSS Pracharak Kru Suryanarayana Rao, popularly known across Swayamsevaks as ‘Suruji’ turned 90 today. RSS Karnataka greeted this legendary icon of Sangh work in a simple function held at Sri Shankar Matha premises, Shankarapuram, Bengaluru. Top RSS functionaries, swayamsevaks, wellwishers attended the ceremony.
In a function held later in the evening, Pejawar Matha’s Vishwesha Theertha swamiji met and greeted Suruji on his 90th Birthday, and called Suruji as ‘Bheeshmacharya’ in his address.
Suryanarayana Rao born on August 20, 1924 in Bengaluru. He became RSS swayamsevak in 1942 in his college days and became RSS Pracharak after his graduation in B Sc Mathematics in 1946. Suruji became pracharak along with HV Sheshadri and Champaknath, these 3 were the first batch of Pracharaks (full time workers) of RSS from Karnataka under the guidance of Yadava Rao Joshi, the Sangh pioneer in Karnataka.
Suruji held various responsibilities of RSS. He became Vibhag Pracharak in Karnataka, later headed RSS in Tamilnadu as Pranth Pracharak since 1972 to 1984. Later he became kshetra Pracharak there, comprising Tamilnadu and Kerala. Suruji then held responsibility of Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh of RSS giving a new dimension for Seva activities of RSS. He visited countries like USA, Trinidad, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Norway, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore and Nepal during this period.
Noted columnist S Gurumurthy once said in preface to a book by Suruji, as “Suruji was amongst the first in Sangh to begin taking care of me from the earliest days of my association with Sangh. His boundless affection for me enabled him to overlook my faults and see only my positive side. This helped me grow in quality and in devotion. He was one of the principal guides, who continuously monitored me. Among the many whose influence over me saw to it that I digested the modern world, and would not alllow the modern world to digest me, Suruji is the most prominent.”
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91 years of devoted life.
nearly 70 years are fully dedicated to the nation.
Rare to see, rare to experience.
praNaams to the great personality.
I am fortunate among the swayamsevaks trained by Sri.Suri ji from 1972 till date. The guidance given by him whenever sought was highly illuminating.I pray the almighty to give him further life to bless us to work with zeal. P.N.Sankararaman.