Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday February 9th, 2017 announced plans to include lessons on the life and preaching of Adi Shankaracharya in school syllabus.
"It is because of the extraordinary preaching of Adi Shankaracharya that India has cultural unity and integrity. A lesson on His life and preaching will be included in school syllabus in Madhya Pradesh," Chouhan announced at a function organized to mark the entry of 'Namami Devi Narmade Sewa Yatra' in Omkareshwar town.
In order to make people aware of Adi Shankaracharya's teachings, the State government will set up an institute in Omkareshwar, he said. A light and sound show will soon start on the banks of Narmada river to spread information about the importance of Shankaracharya's preaching, the river Narmada and Omkareshwar, the CM added.
A "grand statue" of Adi Shankaracharya will be set up in the holy town, he said, announcing a slew of measures for development of Omkareshwar, including waving of entry tax on tourists levied by the local body and building a museum and interpretation centre.
"It was in Omkareshwar that young Adi Shankara met His Guru Govinda Bhagavatpada in a cave and attained highest spiritual elevations. He founded the four 'matha' (monastries) that helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta ," Chouhan said.
On demand from the saints, he also announced regulated flow of water in Narmada river at various places round the year. He said the state government has already decided to shut liquor shops within 5 km of Narmada banks.
Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river; the shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu ॐ Om symbol.
The Magnificent Narmada at Omkareshwar! How beautiful She is. Shankara. Picture courtesy mapio.net. The second last picture is the Omkareshwar Jyothirlinga and the last picture is the Mahadev Temple in Omkareshwar.
A dream to have Snanam in Beautiful Mother Narmada! Will it happen?