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Dr. Sampoornanand Jayanti
Dr. Sampoornanand Jayanti- A important celebration in India
Along with the celebrations of the New Year, 1st January of every year is the celebration of the birth anniversary of Dr. Sampoornanand. It is widely known as Dr. Sampoornanand Jayanti. Dr. Sampooranand was born on the 1st of January, 1891. He was a renowned and a respected teacher in the State of Uttar Pradesh. He was great freedom fighter as well as he devoted his entire life for India’s struggle for freedom. He fought for the state elections in 1954 and became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh where he served for 6 years till 1960.
He was asked to resign the post after which he was sent to Rajasthan as the Governor of the State, where he served form 1962 – 1967. Dr. Sampoornanand passed away on March 7th 1969. The day has been celebrated since then in honour of his memory. In 1994, the government of India released a postal stamp of Rs. 1 in his memory. Due to his contribution in the field of education educational institutes recognize and honour his contribution and celebrate the day as the Founders Day. Blood donation camps, cleanliness drives and convocations are held on this day.
This year the celebration was held on 1st January on a Tuesday. Being a highly religious and spiritual country, the people of India consider Tuesdays to be auspicious. As part of celebrations, educational institutes all over the country held blood donation camps, cleanliness drives, performed street theatre, etc. A lot of encouragement was seen on the part of the youth who not only celebrated the day with enthusiasm but also spread the wisdom of Dr. Sampoornanand and awareness about his work and his contribution to the society and the contribution that he made in the freedom struggle.
As a whole a lot of other activities take place all over the country. Social programs like debates, forums, group discussions, etc are organized. Special ceremonies are held at institutions where Sanskrit and Hindi are taught as a way of paying respect as he was a scholar. Dr. Sampoornanand was also a keen student of astronomy but due to the calling of the Independence movement he was not able to make a career in these subjects. This day is also seen as the rebirth of the culture of India and Indian languages that are a part of the country.
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