Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation Shila Mandir, a temple in honour of Sant Tukaram, the 17th century saint at his birthplace Dehu, about 30 km from Pune, on June 14. The first visual of specifically crafted designer head gear (Pagadi) of Sant Tukaram has been revealed.
This headgear is made using a 12-meter-long silk cloth. Beads have been used to decorate the sides of the headgear. It took 10 to 15 days to design it.
Modi will interact with warkaris, devotees of Sant Tukaram who undertake the biannual pilgrimage on foot to Vithoba temple at Pandharpur in Maharashtra.
The Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the Shila Temple of Sant Tukaram on June 14, Nitin More, the President of the Jagadguru Shree Sant Tukaram Maharaj Sansthan told PTI.
The Shila Mandir is a temple dedicated to a slab of stone (shila) on which Sant Tukaram had meditated for 13 days. A new idol of Sant Tukaram has been installed in the temple near the shila', a temple official said.
Legend has it that Sant Tukaram was made to drown the books of his verses in the river Indrayani by scholar Rameshwar Bhat. Sant Tukaram's pleas that the verses, elucidating the essence of Vedas in Prakrit, were not his writing, but the words of God who was speaking through him, found no favour with Bhat.
In November last year, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of the four-laning key sections of the Sant Dyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965) and Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Marg (NH-965G).