Saturday, Jul 11, 2020 | Last Update : 11:23 PM IST

109th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra2384611326259893 Tamil Nadu134226859151898 Delhi110921876923334 Gujarat40155281832023 Uttar Pradesh3509222689913 Karnataka3341813838545 Telangana3222419205339 Andhra Pradesh2723514393309 West Bengal2710917348880 Rajasthan2334417634499 Haryana2038114912297 Madhya Pradesh1720112679644 Assam15537984936 Bihar1503910991118 Odisha11956797273 Jammu and Kashmir92615567149 Punjab71404945183 Kerala6535370828 Chhatisgarh3526283514 Uttarakhand3305267246 Jharkhand3192217022 Goa203912078 Tripura177313241 Manipur14357930 Puducherry120061916 Himachal Pradesh110182510 Nagaland6733030 Chandigarh5234037 Arunachal Pradesh2871092 Mizoram2031430 Sikkim134710 Meghalaya113451
  Metros   Delhi  19 Feb 2020  AAP MLA to organise ‘Sundar Kand’ recital

AAP MLA to organise ‘Sundar Kand’ recital

Published : Feb 19, 2020, 7:13 am IST
Updated : Feb 19, 2020, 7:13 am IST

The “paath” will be organised at different places in his Greater Kailash Assembly constituency in South Delhi.

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bhardwaj
 Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bhardwaj

New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bhardwaj has announced that he will organise a “paath” (recitation) of the “Sundar Kand,” the fifth book in the Ramayana, on the first Tuesday of every month. The “paath” will be organised at different places in his Greater Kailash Assembly constituency in South Delhi.

The AAP leader tweeted the invitation for the first such event scheduled to take place at an ancient Shiva temple in Chirag Dilli. Composed by Valmiki, “Sundar Kand” offers a detailed and vivid account of Lord Hanuman’s adventures in Lanka.

“Sundar” was the pet name fondly given to Hanuman by his mother Anjani. “Sundar Kand” is the fifth book of Ramayana, which recounts the tale of Lord Ram’s triumph over evil. It is distinct from the rest of the Ramayana as it is the only chapter dedicated to Hanuman, the valiant anthropomorphised monkey warrior and humble servant and devotee of Lord Ram. It is the only section of the epic that depicts Hanuman as the hero and not Lord Ram and recounts the adventures of the former instead.

Mr Bhardwaj (40) said that the initiative was meant to reclaim the toxic idea of “Hindutva” propagated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and instead celebrate the warmth of Hinduism.

He said: “BJP thinks that only they have moral authority over Hinduism and that all other Hindus who believe in secularism are anti-national. We want to change this view of Hinduism in Delhi.”

The reading of the text will be carried out by Mr Bhardwaj himself. Since the announcement this morning, the MLA said that several individuals and RWA organisations have already contacted him to book “Sundar Kand” sessions for their own neighborhoods with the next two consecutive sessions scheduled to be held in GK-1 and GK-2 respectively.

Lord Hanuman had become a poll issue when Arvind Kejriwal had recited Hanuman Chalisa in the run-up to the recent Assembly elections. The AAP chief had said that he was a devout “Hanuman bhakt” and regularly visits temples. BJP had attacked the AAP leader for making a soft pitch for Hindu votes. Delhi BJP president and local MP Manoj Tiwari had even called Mr Kejriwal a “nakli bhakt.”

Soon after his historic victory, Mr Kejriwal visited the famous Hanuman temple near Connaught Place. He was accompanied by his family and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. He had even credited Lord Hanuman for his victory, which also happened on a Tuesday.

Tags: saurabh bhardwaj, sundar kand