British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak attended the ‘Ram Katha’ event organized by spiritual leader Morari Bapu at Jesus College, University of Cambridge, on Tuesday. Sunak, who began speaking about the event by saying “Jai Siya Ram”, expressed his joy that the event coincided with India’s Independence Day.
“Bapu, I am here today not as Prime Minister, but as a Hindu,” Sunak said in his speech.
“For me, faith is very personal. It guides me in every aspect of my life. Being prime minister is a great honor, but it is not an easy job. There are tough decisions to make, tough choices to face, and our beliefs give me the courage, strength and resilience to do the best I can for our country. me,” he added.
As the first British Prime Minister of Indian descent, Sunak recalls a special moment from 2020 when he lit the diyas Diwali outside 1. 11 Downing Street, while he was serving as Britain’s first Prime Minister of India.
During the gathering, Morari Bapu presented Sunak with a ‘consecrated Shivlinga’ from the Somnath temple, symbolizing the sacred offering from Jyotirlinga Ram Katha Yatra.
Who is Morari Bapu?
-Morari Bapu, an Indian spiritual preacher and “Ramayana” celebrity, has been performing Ram Kathas worldwide for over 60 years. Born in 1946 in Bhavnagar of Gujarat, he lives there with his family.
-According to Morari Bapu’s official website, he memorized the entire Ramcharitmanas when he was 12 years old and started reciting Ram Katha at the age of 14. Based on this, Goswami Tulsidas later wrote “Ramcharitamanas” in the 16th century Hindi Avadhi, which Morari Bapu used in his kathas.
-Starting his journey in front of an audience in a small village, he has now reached a global audience in major cities, pilgrimage sites in India and countries like USA, UK and Australia.
-Morari Bapu has also conducted Ram Kathas for disadvantaged groups such as prostitutes and transgender people. He has provided assistance to disaster-stricken regions, both in India and abroad, such as war-torn Ukraine.
-His nine-day Ram Katha at Cambridge University began last Saturday with the reception of Sonita Alleyne, the 41st Master and first female leader of Jesus College since its founding in 1496 This event will continue until the end of this week.