Panaji, September 14, 2015. …. The Union Minister of State for AYUSH and Health and Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Naik has called upon the people to follow the path and ideas shown by our saints and other spiritual leaders to live a happy and tension free life.

He said, if we imbibe in us the principles and thought of these religious leaders it will undoubtedly inculcate good habits and sanskars and give a decisive shape to our life accordingly.

Speaking as chief guest after launching a special Pendent in the distinguished presence of Dr. Muni Shri Pranam Sagarji Maharaj, an eminent Jain Muni belonging to Digambar Sect of Jainism who is observing Chaturmas annual religious ceremony “the Goa Chaturmas Varshayog 2015” the first ever hoisted Jain Chaturmas in the history of Goa in the vicinity of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, at Mollem yesterday the Union Minister said observing Chaturmas brings an opportunity to the people of Goa and surrounding states to participate and become a part of the Indian culture and explore their inter-cultural, devotional and spiritual side.

While addressing the Jain followers, Dr. Muni Shri Pranam Sagarji Maharaj said that the celebration of Chaturmas is a way of sticking true to the benevolent spirit of uniting all cultures and developing acceptance toward all cultures. It outlines the multi-cultural side of India aimed at spreading global harmony and peace. Dr. Muni Shri further reiterated that the Goa is a land of materialism and expressed his wish to make Goa a yoga center. If the center is started in Goa, one would find spirituality along with materialism in the state, he added.

Dr. Muni Shri Pranam Sagarji Maharaj said charitable foundation will host a unique center for yoga, naturopathy, mediation and will spread the Jain principle of Ahimsa at 3.5 acres of land donated by Raghupati Ramkrishna Bhandari, a Goan resident from Ponda to build an inter-faith place of worship for all.

Earlier in the morning after breaking a month long ‘Maun Sadhana’ the saint performed ‘Keshlochan’  pulling out hair and later offer abhisheka to statue of Mahaveer at Mollem wildlife Sanctuary. The keshlochan represents that the person should give up the extra things that he possess.

Shri Sethi Jain, National President, Jain Mandal, National Secretary, Shri Praduman Jain, Chaturmas Committee President, Shri Prashant Patil, Shri Manider Jain, Secretary, Chaturmas Committee Shri Chandrakant Boje Patil amongst others present on the occasion.

Ms. Swati Patil compered the function.