Prime Minister Narendra Modi  urged students to devote 100 hours every year towards making India clean. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later

Addressing students at the Siddaganga Mutt at Tumkur, 74 km from here, Modi asked the gathering to give a standing ovation for India’s space scientists who have accomplished the Mars mission in the first attempt. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour

The prime minister described the day as “Mangal-Parv” (auspicious moment) due to the success of Mangalyaan – “Mars Orbiter Mission”, punning on the word Mangal as Mars is called in Hindi, Sanskrit and some Indian languages. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year

He asked the students to devote 100 hours every year towards Swachh Bharat, and pledge that they will work towards a clean India.

Modi also asked the students and scholars of Sanskrit present in the gathering to spread the message and knowledge of India’s ancient shastras (texts), among people.

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