Pilgrims and tourists who reach Gangotri Dham will now be able to visit the Tapovanam Hiranyagarbh Art Gallery here, with the changes in the Himalayas and the Ganges in the past seven decades, as well as the rich culture of the mountain.
On Friday, Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, Union Water Power Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, RSS National Co-working Suresh Soni, and Dattatreya Hosbole inaugurated the art gallery of Swami Sundaranand.
Hundreds of people, including his followers who arrived from America and other countries, witnessed the tangible form of this precious heritage. At the inauguration program, Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat said that it is not just the art gallery but the result of the work done in the Himalayas for seven decades by Swami Sundaranand.
The art gallery is a World Heritage. Through this people will be able to understand Himalayas and Ganges. Union Minister Shekhawat said that it is too short a life to roam the vast Himalayas, but the entire Himalayas are seen in this gallery.
This gallery will become a major center of research. The government has set a target of making Ganga clean and serene from Gangotri to Rishikesh before the Kumbh Mela next year. Participation of the general public is necessary for this.
Rare items of Guru Shishya became center of attraction in Art Gallery
In addition to photographs in the Tapovanam Hiranyagarbh, Kaladirgha Art Gallery located in Gangotri Dham, rare items of Swami Sundaranand and his Guru Swami Tapovan Maharaj has also been exhibited. On the third floor of the art gallery, these objects are kept in the side-build rooms, showing the life of the Guru and the disciple.
In the room of Swami Sundaranand, along with his trekking and photography equipment, Mrigchal used during meditation, there are also garlands presented by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
While in the room of Swami Tapovan Maharaj, his stand, books and Kamandal, etc. are kept. These objects, used decades ago, remain the center of attraction for all.
Swami Sundaranand’s health is overshadowed by age
The 94-year-old Swami Sundarananda, who had done seven years of cultivation in the Himalayas as an art gallery, could not participate actively in the opening ceremony. Due to his poor health for the last few days, he is on the life support system within his hut.
Other guests including the CM and Union Minister met him within the hut. Swamiji presented him with a garland of Bhojpatra. Addressing the program from within the hut, Swami Sundaranand said that this art gallery is the center of all religions. He said that nature like Himalaya, Ganga, etc. are the form of God and its protection is the responsibility of all of us.