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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi on October 29, 2017, attended the Dashamah Soundarya Lahari Parayanotsava Mahasamarpane at Bengaluru, Karnataka. The Soundarya Lahari is a set of shlokas composed by Adi Shankaracharya. There was mass chanting of Soundarya Lahari at the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said he feels a special energy in the environment from this mass chanting. He recalled his visit to Kedarnath a few days ago and said he is filled with awe at the work done by Adi Shankara in that remote location as well as at other places across India in his relatively short life-span. He said Adi Shankara had united India through the Vedas and Upanishads.

The Prime Minister said the common man could relate to Adi Shankara’s composition – Soundarya Lahari. He said Adi Shankaracharya removed evils from the society and prevented them from reaching future generations. He said Adi Shankara had imbibed the best of practices from different ideologies and thought. He said Adi Shankaracharya’s penance still exists in the present form of Indian culture – a culture that accepts all and moves forward together. This culture is the foundation of New India – and follows the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, the Prime Minister said, according to a PIB release. The Prime Minister said that in a way, India’s cultural heritage holds the answers to all global problems.

The PM said that LED bulbs, which earlier cost more than Rs 350, are now available for Rs 40 to 45 under the Ujala scheme. He said more than 27 crore LED bulbs had been distributed so far. This has resulted in savings in the electricity bill as well, he added. The Prime Minister mentioned that over 3 crore LPG connections had been distributed through the Ujjwala Yojana. This has not only made a positive difference in the lives of rural women but also contributed to a cleaner environment, he said, according to the PIB release.

The Prime Minister said that the need of the hour is that efforts be made to free India from evils such as illiteracy, ignorance, malnutrition, black money and corruption.

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