Vishwaguruji Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji was the main guest of honor at a special awards program in Sumerpur, Rajasthan.

Every year a program is organised where awards are given to girls with the highest marks in the school.

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Vishwaguruji received the traditional Rajasthani welcome!

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The lighting of the deepak (sacred oil lamp) in front of Sarasvati, the Goddess of Learning, is considered especially auspicious for the children.

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Vishwaguruji presided over the program and gave a speech about the importance of keeping one's culture and dignity. He spoke of Sati - chastity in a woman, Sant - the holy man, and Sur - a hero, three important pillars of Indian tradition.

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After his speech, Vishwaguruji presented the awards - which this year were bicycles.

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