Udupi, Jan 19, 2020: Speaking at the Darbar organised for the incoming Paryaya Admar Mutt seer Sri Eshapriya Theertha Swami at Rajangana, Jan 18, Saturday; Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman said the mutt tradition in Udupi is a unique tradition and a perfect example of the country’s rich heritage of spirituality.
She said, “Paryaya festival is not just an event. It represents the presence of the Lord. I am conscious about the history. I am immensely blessed to be associated with the Krishna Mutt in one or the other.”
She turned nostalgic and traced her connection with the Krishna mutt which started in her childhood. “I am attached to the Mutt and temple due to my maternal uncle. My uncle was a bank employee and he spent his career in Manipal. I am being drawn to the mutt for the past 25 years. I am blessed immensely by the seers of the mutt and Lord Krishna.”
She remembered her association with Pejawar Mutt senior seer Vishwesha Theertha Swami who passed away recently. “My association with Pejawar seer enlightened me in many ways. The unity of the country lies in Guru Parampara of the soil. The Guru Parampara should be respected,” she said and urged the people to uphold the value system.
Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the no plastic initiative taken by the incoming Admar mutt seer. “It is not just the government that should be part of the welfare society. The seers should take such initiatives,” she stressed.
Admar Mutt seer Eshapriya Theertha Swami, after receiving the honour, said that he would take forward the legacy of his predecessors. The concern for nature and the environment will be the top priority, he said. He appealed to the public to support him in initiatives taken to conserve nature.