On Monday (16 November 2020), Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ‘Statue of Peace’ in Rajasthan to mark the Jainacharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj’s 151st Birthday celebration. He also congratulated the country in the Diwali festival for endorsing “local for vocal.”
On the occasion, PM Modi paid homage to Jainacharya and spiritual leaders. The Prime Minister listed two ‘Vallabhs,’ Sardar Vallabh Bhai-Patel and the Jainacharya Shree Vijay Vallabh Surishwer Ji Maharaj, and shared his heartfelt blessing that he is granted a chance to show Jainacharya Shri Vijay Vallabh’s ‘Statue of Peace following the dedication of the world’s highest statue of Sardar-Patel – “the Statue of Unity.”
PM Modi emphasized his focus on ‘local for vocal,’ and asked all the spiritual leaders to amplify Aatm Nirbharta and to teach about the benefits of vocal for local residents, as occurred during the freedom struggle. He said that the manner in which the country helped Diwali during the festival is also a relaxing sensation.
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) announced earlier on Sunday that, despite a complete boycotting of Chinese products, the sales during the Diwali festival season were as high as Rs 72 000 crores in the major markets in the country. In this Diwali Season, Chinese exporters were allegedly boycotted by Indian sellers in losses of Rs 40,000 crore.
The Prime Minister also said during his speech that India has always shown the path for global peace, non-violence, and friendship.
“The world looks for similar guidance towards India today. Acharya Vijay Vallabh was one of those saints when you look at India’s past when it became important for civilization,” PM Modi said.
The PM praised the efforts he made to turn the land of AatmNirbhar into an education institution by setting up several institutes of Indian importance in states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh and highlighting the education institutions that the Jainacharya founded. He said that these institutions have supplied the country with so many industrialists, lawyers, physicians, and engineers.
The Prime Minister emphasized the debt that the country owes to their contributions in the field of education for women. Despite these tough times, these organizations kept the fire of women’s education burning. The Jainacharya set up many girls’ schools and introduced women to the mainstream. He said that Acharya Vijay Vallabh Ji’s life was packed with goodness, sympathy, and compassion for every living being. Bird Hospital and other gaushalas operate in the country today with his blessings.
“These institutions are not ordinary. They represent the essence of India and the distinctive characteristics of India and Indian traditions,” PM Modi explained.
The 151-inch statue is built out of Ashtadhatu, eight metals, the main constituent of which is copper, and was introduced through video conferencing by PM Modi. The Vijay Vallabh Sadhana Kendra, in Jetpura, was installed in Pali.