Kashi-Tamil Sangamam

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    About 

    • The Kashi-Tamil Sangamam is the confluence of Kashi and Tamil Nadu, which are timeless centres of Indian civilisation. 
    • Organized by: The Ministry of Education, Government of India
    • Objective: 
      • To bring the two knowledge and cultural traditions (of the North and South) closer, create an understanding of our shared heritage and deepen the people-to-people bond between the regions.
      • This is in sync with the National Education Policy, 2020 which emphasises “on nurturing a generation that is modern and in sync with the 21st-century mindset, while being rooted in the Indian culture and ethos”.
      • 2,400 people from Tamil Nadu will be taken to Varanasi in groups for visits and trips to Ayodhya and Prayagraj.
    • Kashi and Kanchi:
      • Both have their importance in the form of “Kashi-Kanchi” in the “Sapta Puris” (the seven holy pilgrimage sites in Hinduism).
      • Kashi is the land of devotees of Tulsi, while Tamil Nadu is the land of Saint Thiruvalluvar. 
      • The names of several temples and towns in Tamil Nadu have been named after Divya Kashi while a sizable Tamil population has made Kashi home.

    Significance 

    • It is an effort to strengthen the bond between the North and South, make people aware of the cultural proximity of the two centres and bring the young generation closer to great Indian traditions, arts, culture and religion.
    • It has helped to bring the Hindi and Tamil-speaking people closer. 

    Source:  IE