The Governor of Goa, Shri P. S. Sreedharan Pillai felicitated Padma Shri awardees His holiness Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya Swami, Shree Kshetra Tapobhoomi and Shri Brahmanand Shankhwalkar, former Indian footballer and captain of Indian team at a function held at the Darbhar Hall, Raj Bhavan today. On the occasion the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Shri Rajendra Arlekar was present..
The Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian honour in the country. Shri Brahmanand Shankhwalkar is conferred with Padma Shri for this year for his distinguished services in the field of sports. Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya Swami, Shree Kshetra Tapobhoomi is conferred with Padma Shri for his immense contribution in the field of spirituality across the world
The Governor, Speaking on the occasion, complimented both the awardees and stated that this is one of God’s gifts to Goa. The Governor acknowledged spiritual institutions for their contributions to our country and the world. He said our spirituality is our greatest contribution to India. As regards to our constitution and parliamentary system, people are supreme. As far as supremacy is concerned, above all, the dharma is supreme. If dharma exists, there is no need for a king, according to the original concept. We do not need to be concerned about anything if dharma prevails in the society. Although various people have different beliefs, the soul of this country is our tradition he added.
The Governor said that, the contribution made by Shri Brahmanand Shankhwalkar in the field of sports is immense and this is evident from the fact that he was conferred with Padma Shri award.
The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Arlekar, complimented both the recipient of Padma Shri awardees for their achievements on behalf of the state of Goa. In the past, we use to believe that, this prestigious award is conferred upon people only from the film industry or other fields. But, this is a very prestigious moment for our country as the Union Government recognized the work done by common people in society and their enormous contribution to the nation’s development by bestowing this award, he added.
The Governor stated that His holiness Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya Swami is making efforts to eradicate perversion from society through his activities. His contribution to the country is well-known. Through his activities, Sadguru Brahmeshanandacharya Swami strives to propagate positive ideals about humanity around the world. Swami’s tremendous contribution in Sanskrit language, promoting positive consciousness about de-addiction, and other areas would go a long way in achieving society’s growth.
The Governor further said that, Shri Brahmanand Shankhwalkar is the first Goan sports person to win the Padma Shri. The Governor wished him to keep contributing to the Nation.
His holiness Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya Swami and Shri Brahmanand Shankhwalkar also expressed their views on the occasion.
Shri Mihir Vardhan (IAS) secretary to the Governor compered the function.