State’s highest award for late spiritual guru

Wednesday, 26 November 2008 - 3:50am IST
Dr Narayan Vishnu, a spiritual guru and social activist who was popularly known as Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari, was posthumously honoured with the state’s highest award

Dr Narayan Vishnu, a spiritual guru and social activist who was popularly known as Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari, was posthumously honoured with the state’s highest award, Maharashtra Bhushan Puraskar, on Tuesday.

Thousands of followers of Dharmadhikari came from all over Maharashtra for the award function at the open ground opposite Central Park in Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. Nanasaheb’s son Dattatray Dharmadhikari, alias Appa Dharmadhikari, collected the
award.

Some politicians grabbed the opportunity to deliver long speeches. Union minister for minority affairs AR Antulay’s speech seemed endless, prompting deputy chief minister RR Patil to send a chit to him to stop his speech as people were sitting in the sun. On getting the chit, Antulay, however, remarked that he will speak as long as he wanted.
RR Patil said the government should launch a stamp to honour Nanasaheb. It is sad that the award is being conferred on Nanasaheb after his death, he said.

“I feel the award itself is honoured today,” Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said. He pointed out that the award is given on former chief minister Yashwantrao Chavan’s death anniversary.

Dharmadhikari was a spiritual guru who used Ramdas Swami’s teachings as a medium to reach out to the masses.


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