Mysore, Oct. 5 (BRS&MTY)- Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji, Head of Avadhoota Datta Peetha here, called upon the members of Vishwakarma fraternity to study the epics and history in order to understand the foundations of the community.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Vishwakarma Jayanthi celebrations organised by Akhila Karnataka Vishwakarma Mahasabha in Town Hall here yesterday. It is not enough if the members of the Vishwakarma community just refer to their identity for understanding its foundations. In that backdrop, its members should study the epics and history of the land, the Swamiji opined.

The Vishwakarmas were philosophical scholars in the past. It was only through them that science evolved and they represent divinity, the Swamiji observed.

"We are part of the passing times and are required to pursue all our activities within a time-frame. However, the Vishwakarmas have the ability to control time, he added.

Sri Neelakantacharya Swamiji of Abhayahaste Adishakthi Mahasamsthana Mutt, Madhugiri taluk, Tumkur district, graced the occasion. Channaveerappa Gavai Gobburu, Gulbarga district, Basavaraju, Shivanna Badigera Kalamma and Veeraiah Inamdar were felicitated on the occasion.

Vishwakarma Mahasabha State President K.P. Nanjundi, who presided over the function, remarked in his presidential address that Vishwakarma community had remained backward in all fields. In that backdrop, the community should be extended separate 3 per cent reservation out of the 15 per cent set apart for backward classes, he urged.

A separate Corporation should be set up for metal-based sculpture under Industrial Act, Nanjundi added.

Political reservation should be created for the community from Panchayat to Assembly polls, he said adding that Sept. 17 should be declared as a public holiday every year to mark Vishwakarma Jayanthi.

The 250-kg idol of Vishwakarma made of Panchaloha was worshipped in the function.

Chandru, General Secretary of the Mahasabha, office-bea-rers Siddachar, Lokesh and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore