Friday, June 5, 2009

95.Jagath Guru Sree Narayana Gurudev Commemorative Coin

Jagath Guru Sree Narayana Gurudev Commemorative Coin issued by the Reserve Bank of India in 2006 on the 150th birth anniversary of Sree Narayana Gurudev. The larger coin is denominated at Rs 100 face value and the smaller coin is denominated at Rs 5 face value.

Vijayan Pandala had designed and initiated the commemorative coin which was inaugurated by the Honorable Union Minister for Finance,Shri P.Chidambaram on September 2006 at Sivagiri mutt. The coin is under circulation.

Honorable Union Minister for Finance shri P.Chidambaram &Honorable Union Minister Shri Vayalar Ravi alongwith Honorable Chief Minister of Kerala Shri V.S.Achuthanandan during coin release function at Sivagiri on September 2006

The message of social equality preached by saint-reformer Sree Narayana Guru is of continued relevance for the country even decades after independence, Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said.

Speaking after releasing a commemorative five rupee coin at Sivagiri Mutt here on the 152 birth anniversary of the Guru, Chidambaram said that the idea of "one caste, one religion and one God for man" preached by the reformer would continue to inspire humanity.

"Though the country had attained political freedom, there was still discrimination. Social freedom was lacking as there was denial of opportunity and equality in society."

"Whether we accept caste or abjure caste, whether we accept religion or deny religion, we cannot deny that we all belong to the larger brotherhood of mankind," he said.

The Guru was a far-sighted reformer who realised that the way to attain equality was through education and enterprise. "We must become a knowledge society. We must seek knowledge, find knowledge and share knowledge. We can do this only if all sections of people have access to education and enterprise," Chidambaram said.

Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan received the special coin.

Union Minister for Overseas Indians Affairs Vayalar Ravi, opposition leader Oommen Chandy and Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam general secretary Vellapally Natesan also spoke on the occasion


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