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Why celebrate Dr Radhakrishnan’s birthday as Teachers’ Day?

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Among all the professions in the world, teaching is undoubtedly the most influential. Due to the responsibility of molding young minds into tomorrow’s responsible citizens, we owe a debt of gratitude towards teachers. Hence almost every nation celebrates “Teachers’ Day” during which teachers are honored & their roles acknowledged. For example, USA celebrates Teachers’ Day in the first week of May, while the UK celebrates it on October 5th.

In India, we celebrate Teachers’ Day on the birth anniversary of Dr. Radhakrishnan (September 5th). But why did we choose his birthday and not that of any other leader? Legend says: “After Dr Radhakrishnan became the President of India, when a group of students wanted to celebrate his birthday as Radhakrishnan Jayanti, he humbly refused and instead suggested them to celebrate it as a day to honor teachers and that is how India has been celebrating Teachers’ Day on his birth anniversary (5th September).”

Although the above folklore would suffice as the reason as to why Dr Radhakrishnan’s birthday is celebrated as Teachers’ Day, it would be a great deal of injustice on the man if we do not read about his qualities & acknowledge this honor which he truly deserves.

Teachers’ Day: PM Modi pays tribute to Dr Radhakrishnan

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Paying tributes to the second President of the country Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked people to share their anecdotes about their teachers.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has saluted the dedication and commitment of all the teachers on Teachers’ Day. Prime Minister has also paid his tributes to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Former President of India, whose birth anniversary is celebrated as Teachers’ Day across India,” an official statement  ..

GAI/GAYA GHAT IN VARANASI,INDIA

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This ghat records a reference in a 17th century text, the Grivana Manjari. In 12th cent. Varanasi this was considered to be the southern limit of the city; in the vicinity still exists the symbolic relic of that period, Patana Darvaja. At the ghat there is a huge image of a cow (gaya/gai), symbolizing the earth, that is how the ghat is known as Gaya Ghat. In early 19th cent. the ghat was made pucca by Balabai Sitole of Gwalior. At the top of the ghat, closeby there are four images : Bagesvari Devi, Nagesvari Devi(“Snake Goddess”), Mukarnirmalika Devi(“Pure-Faced Goddess”) and Samhara Bhairava.

Varanasi,India

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Varanasi is a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath,   dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva