PM Modi, Sri Lankan President release Simhastha Declaration

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena have released ‘Simhastha Declaration’ at Ninora village in Ujjain. Both leaders addressed the concluding session of the three day International Vichar Mahakumbh held on side-lines of the month-long Simhastha mela. PM Narendra Modi in his address appealed saints to conduct Vichar Kumbh every year with devotees and discuss social issues like the need to educate the girl child or plant trees. He also called Kumbh as the biggest example of excellent management and he advised academic institutions to adopt Kumbh as a management case study.

Simhastha Declaration has 51 sacred points for betterment of mankind that will start new discourse not only in India but around the world. It is also a prescription on how a duty-centred system that had been the origin of Indian philosophy of life is relevant in today’s India.

Did You Know?

1. Sri Lanka is known as both the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and the ‘teardrop of India’ due to its shape.

2. In Sri Lanka, when someone shakes their head from side to side with a slight wiggle, it actually means “yes.”

3. Although cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka, the national sport of the country is, in fact, volleyball.

4. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest tea exporters.

5. Adam’s Peak is the most sacred mountain in the country. Pilgrims from all over climb to its peak by candlelight to stand in what they believe to be the footsteps of Buddha.

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