President Ram Nath Kovind today said, Sanskrit was the language of science, law, philosophy, in addition to spirituality. He was addressing the centenary celebrations of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan at Puri in Odisha. Mr Kovind said, Sanskrit is the only language which united India during the time of Adi Shankaracharya. He said, Adi Shankaracharya whose mother language was Malayalam, set up four peeths in East, West, North and South India through Sanskrit language. The President also said, famous freedom fighters like Jayi Rajguru, Utkal Mani Gopabandhu and others born in Puri, were scholars in Sanskrit.
Earlier in the day, Mr Kovind visited the Lord Jaganath Temple. He also released 1,000 rupee and 10-rupee commemorative coins on the Lord Jaganath Nabakalebar festival.
Later today, the President will address the convocation ceremony of IIT Bhubaneshwar and inaugurate the Institute of Chemical Technology-Indian Oil Corporation (ICT-IOC) Bhubaneswar campus. Mr Kovind will also lay the foundation stone for the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs, before returning to Delhi.