Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said saints and seers had worked hard to preserve Indian culture over the centuries. He said one such great saint was Rang Avadhoot Maharaj whose life was a mix of patriotism and spirituality.
The Prime Minister was addressing the 50th Nirvan anniversary of Avadhoot Maharaj held at Nareshwar, some 265 km from Ahmedabad, through video conferencing.
The programme marked the beginning of the year-long celebrations of the anniversary. Mr Modi said Rang Avadhoot Maharaj was one of such saints of modern India who worked hard for Indian culture. He said Mahraj was a freedom fighter and worked under Mahatma Gandhi and later became a monk.
Mr Modi said the saint distributed spiritual knowledge, gave s books to society, clothes to the poor, food to the hungry and medicines to those who were unhealthy.