Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji

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Launch of Coins & Stamps, honouring Shrimad Rajchandraji, by Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

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Launch of Commemorative Coins and Stamps honouring Shrimad Rajchandraji's 150th Birth Anniversary by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

Thursday, 29th June

Safai Vidyalaya Ground, Near Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad

The much awaited day of Thursday , 29th June 2017 dawned with enthusiastic seekers eagerly awaiting the launch of the stamp and commemorative coins to celebrate Shrimad Rajchandraji's 150th Birth Anniversary. The esteemed launch was held in the august presence of Pujya Gurudevshri and the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi near the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. To add to the joy of the auspicious day another event celebrated was the completion of 100 years of the Sabarmati Ashram.

The stage also held several other luminaries such as the Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat - Shri Vijaybhai Rupani, Governer of Gujarat - Shri Om Prakash Kohli, prominent Actor and Member of Parliament - Paresh Rawal, ex - Chief Minister of Gujarat - Shrimati Anandiben Patel, Deputy CM of Gujarat - Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Trustee of the Sabarmati Ashram.

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Speech by Pujya Gurudevshri

Speech by Pujya Gurudevshri

Pujya Gurudevshri delivered a moving and inspirational speech glorifying the virtues of Shrimad Rajchandraji - describing Him as an invitation to go within. His spiritually uplifting speech truly introduced Param Krupalu Dev and His exalted state to the world.

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Video on Shrimad Rajchandraji

Video on Shrimad Rajchandraji

Furthermore, a short film on the life of Shrimad Rajchandraji gave glimpses of milestones of His life.

Speech by The Honourable Prime Minister

Speech by The Honourable Prime Minister

The Honourable Prime Minister, in His speech, expressed great reverence and admiration towards Param Krupalu Dev Shrimad Rajchandraji. He further acknowledged Pujya Gurudevshri's spiritual prowess and benevolent activities. The Prime Minister even encouraged students across universities in India to do a deep study on lives of great Indian saints like Shrimad Rajchandraji.

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Speech by the Chief Minister

Speech by the Chief Minister

The Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat - Vijaybhai Rupani spoke of the 3 luminaries of Gujarat namely Shrimad Rajchandraji, Mahatma Gandhi and Narendra Modiji, each one of whom was endeavouring to make the world a better place in their own unique way.

Launch of Coins & Stamps

Launch of Coins & Stamps

Pujya Gurudevshri, The Prime Minister, the Chief Minister of Gujarat and dignitaries, all then unveiled the stamps depicting Shrimadji's chitrapat and the commemorative coins of ₹150 and ₹10 during the event. As a token of appreciation Pujya Gurudevshri along with representives of various Ashrams of Shrimad Rajchandraji presented the Prime Minister with an idol of Param Krupalu Dev and symbolic momentos.

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The devotional fervour was palpable during the event as well as on social media as thousands gathered virtually and watched the event via live webcast. Devotees expressed their bhakti by posting about the event across social media in record numbers. The topics of "Shrimad Rajchandraji" and "#ModijiHonoursShrimadji" were so popular that they were listed as trending or most popular topics on the social media website Twitter.

This event will definitely be written in history as a landmark event - when the glory of Param Krupalu Dev touched the entire nation.

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Shrimad Rajchandraji(1867 - 1901)

Shrimad Rajchandraji is the epitome of an intense and incessant pursuit of spirituality. A perfect blend of pure knowledge, selfless devotion, and complete detachment, Shrimadji attained self-realisation at the age of 23. His compassion for the world flowed in the form of Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra, a masterpiece in philosophical literature. His preachings have been published in an invaluable volume ‘Shrimad Rajchandra,’ which continues to quench the thirst of true seekers. Through ashrams, temples, and institutions dedicated to Shrimadji around the world, lakhs of devotees are benefiting from his teachings and progressing on the spiritual path.

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Shrimadji And Gandhiji

Shrimad Rajchandraji had a tremendous and formative influence on the Father of the Nation. Gandhiji met Shrimadji for the first time in Mumbai, upon his return from England as a barrister in 1891. Shrimadji’s inner equipoise, absorption in spiritual pursuits, enlightening wisdom, knowledge of the scriptures and moral earnestness left a deep-rooted impression on Gandhiji. Their relationship blossomed over profound interactions in the two years that Gandhiji spent in Mumbai. Upon moving to South Africa, Gandhiji corresponded with Shrimadji through letters. Shrimadji’s insightful thoughts ignited the fire of spiritual inquisitiveness in Gandhiji. Their close association contributed in moulding Gandhiji’s moral fibre. Shrimadji’s inherent adherence to the principles of satya, ahimsa and dharma later crystallised as the fundamental tenets of Gandhism.

Gandhiji's Quotes On Shrimad Rajchandraji

"Such was the man who captivated my heart in religious matters as no other man has till now." - Modern Review, June 1930

"The more I consider His life and His writings, the more I consider Him to have been the best Indian of His times." - Letter to HSL Polak, April 26 1909

"I have often declared that I have learnt, and learnt much, from the lives of many persons. But it is from the Kavishri's (Shrimadji's) life that I have learnt the most. It was from His life that I understood the way of compassion." - Speech at Ahmedabad, November 1921

"We are all worldly people whereas Shrimad was not of this world. We will have to take many births whereas for Shrimad perhaps one birth is sufficient. We will perhaps be running away from liberation whereas Shrimad was advancing towards liberation at a very fast pace." - Some Recollections of Raychandbhai. An article written by Mahatma Gandhi in Yerwada Central Jail, Pune

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    Shrimad Rajchandraji's 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations

    2017 marks the 150th birth anniversary of great Indian saint, poet-philosopher, and spiritual luminary – Shrimad Rajchandraji (1867-1901). Hailed as the spiritual guide of Mahatma Gandhi, Shrimad Rajchandraji had a tremendous and formative influence on the Father of the Nation.

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