On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, SriRam Digvijay Rath Yatra left for Gorakhpur with Vedic chanting and worship of SriRam Darbar today. On the occasion, Mahant Kamal Nayan Das, successor of Mani Ram Das Cantonment, Yatra coordinator Shakti Shantanand Maharishi, Union Minister Rajendra Singh Pankaj, Sharad Sharma, head of the yatra arrangement Suresh and many devotees of Rama launched the March by planting rudraksha trees and worshipping the cow in what was the capital of the god's kingdom.
Sharad Sharma, in charge of VHP's media outreach, said the event included an astra-pujan ritual (weapon-worship) at Karsevakpuram by Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra general secretary Champat Rai under the guidance of Pandit Indra Dev Mishra, the principal of Shri Ram Veda Vidyalaya at an appropriate moment in the morning.
Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra chief Surendra Singh, Karsevakpuram in-charge Shivdas etc. were present at the venue. VHP International vice president Champat Rai said, "Society must ensure its own security and that of the nation by internalising the valour of SriRama and coordination among people. SriRama's work means ensuring the victory of truth and defeat of untruth."
SriRam Digvijay Rath Yatra of by Shri Ramdas Mission will traverse 27 states, passing through neighboring Nepal. According to the national head of the mission, Shakti Shantanand Manushi, the rath yatra will cover a distance of 15,000 km in 60 days. The rath yatra will conclude on Gita Jayanti on its return to Ayodhya.
The organisers will urge the government in the course of SriRam Digvijay Rath Yatra to rename India as Bharat, to include Ramayana and "real history" of the country in the Indian education curricula. They said the yatra aimed at welfare of the world on the lines of Ashwamedha Yagya. Manushi said that Ramrajya Rath Yatra will, frim Ayodhya to Gorakhpur, cover Gopalganj, Sitamarhi, Janakpur and Kathmandu.