Lord Rama and Krishna were non-vegetarians – Pramod Madhwaraj
Udupi: “The Valmiki who born in the lower Beda community wrote the Ramayana. Rama and Krishna who born in the Kshatriya samaj used to consume non-vegetarian food. This information is relevant in context for discussion over the food habits across the country at present”, said Pramod Madhwaraj District minister in-charge and also State fisheries, youth sports and services.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Valmiki Jayanthi celebrations organized by the district administration and district Social welfare department and other backward class associations at the Ambedkar Bhavan, Adi Udupi here, on Saturday, October 15.
“Valmiki is one of the greatest and earliest poets in Indian history. He came from the lower-class community and wrote the Ramayana. Caste is not important for achievement. Valmiki’s lifestyle is a model to eradicate casteism in the country. Society should emulate the values that Maharshi Valmiki advocated through the Ramayana. There was a need to study the life and works of the Maharshi”, he added.
Dr Krishnaraja Karaba delivered a special talk on Valmiki. Priyanka Mary Francis CEO Udupi Zilla Panchayat; Sheela K Shetty vice president ZP; Nalini Pradeep Rao president ZP; Anuradha ADC and Tahsildar, Maheshchandra were present on the occasion.
Harish L Gaonkar project co-ordinator welcomed the gathering, Vishwanath delivered the vote of Thanks. Dayanand compered the programme.