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Rahul visits Sringeri math, meets Shankaracharya

Press Trust of India  |  Chikkamagaluru (Karna) 

Clad in traditional attire, today visited the iconic Sharada Peetham, one of the four seats established by Adi in eighth century AD.

Sporting white colour silk dhoti and wrapped in 'Angavastram' (traditional cloth wrapped around a man's shoulders) with golden border, Gandhi, accompanied by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, paid obeisance to the presiding deity of the Peetham, Goddess Sharadamba.

Walking barefoot around the temple, Gandhi, who was given a traditional welcome, called on the 36th pontiff of the Peetham, Sri Bharati Teertham Mahaswamiji and sought his blessings.

The Sharada Peetham at Sringeri, located amidst the in district, was the first seat established by Adi Shankaracharya, founder of the Advaita philosophy.

Four mathas were set up by Adi in north (Jyothirmath), south (Sringeri), east (Puri) and west (Dwaraka) to propagate the philosophy of

Gandhi also met students of the Sanskrit University at Mutt, who are learning Vedas and other holy scriptures.

Later at a public meeting, Gandhi spoke about his interaction with students of Sanskrit University and chided Narendra Modi, saying he does not know the true meaning of Dharma, by citing a 14-year-old boy's reply to his query.

"Replying to my question on the foundation of Dharma, a 14-year-old child told me means truth, Satyameva Jayate. The same was repeated by all the children there.

During the interaction I felt it is a strange world... a 14-year-old child can understand the meaning of Dharma, but the does not understand Dharma," he said.

Last night, Gandhi visited Rosario Cathedral, Kudroli and later during his visit to district.

The offered prayers at theCathedral along with the Christian community.

He also visited at Kudroli, wherehe was welcomed by veteran leader and the temple managing trustee

Gandhi was on a two-day visit to the districts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, and Hassan districts in the poll-bound

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First Published: Wed, March 21 2018. 20:50 IST