Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has greeted the people on the 112th birth anniversary of saint and social reformer Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj. In his message he said Tukdoji Maharaj was an active saint of modern thought who made a valuable contribution in the freedom struggle of the country and in the formation of the country after independence.
He said that the saint devoted himself to the work of rural development as he believed that India would develop only if the villages develop. Tukdoji Maharaj emphasized on the self-sufficiency of the villages and explained the path of village development through his book of poetry ‘Gram Geete’. Mr Pawar said the saint enlightened the people for eradication of ignorance, superstition, undesirable norms, untouchability and caste discrimination and gave the message of interfaith harmony. He also worked for public awareness with the aim of creating a rational society.
Saint Tukdoji Maharaj was born in Yawali at Amravati district of Maharashtra. He received spiritual initiation from Samarth Adkoji Maharaj of Warkhed gram. Early in his childhood, Saint Tukdoji Maharaj performed rigorous penance and spiritual exercises in self-realisation. He also was a great orator and a musician who composed more than 3000 bhajans (spiritual poems) in Hindi and Marathi. Tukdoji Maharaj has also attended a World Religions and World Peace Conference in Japan.