Month-long Kashi Tamil Sangam begins in Varanasi
The month-long Kashi Tamil Sangam began on 17 November 2022 in Varanasi.
The Sangam is being organised by the Government of India as a part of the 'Aazadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' and to uphold the spirit of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat'.
This Sangam will bring together people from two different regions at the level of language.
Delegations from Tamil Nadu will visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ayodhya Temple and the famous Ganga Aarti of Varanasi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the event.
It aims to bring the two knowledge and cultural traditions closer, build upon and understand our shared heritage and deepen people-to-people bonds between the regions.
BHU and IIT-Madras are the knowledge partners for the event, and the Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Railways, Textiles and Food Processing have been included as stakeholders, apart from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Varanasi Administration.
Sangamam was proposed by academician Chamu Krishna Shastri, chairman of the Indian Language Committee under the Ministry of Education.
History of ties between Kashi and Tamil Nadu
The connection between Kashi and the Tamil region is deep and old.
King Adhiveer Rama Pandian, after returning from a pilgrimage to Kashi, built a Shiva temple at Tenkasi in the 19th century.
Saint Kumara Gurupara of Thoothukudi district had negotiated with the princely state of Kashi to get a place for the installation of Kedarghat and Vishveswaralingam in Varanasi.
He also composed Kashi Kalambagam, a collection of grammar poems on Kashi.
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