Sri Sri Ravishankar awarded Mongolia’s highest civilian honour

via published on August 25, 2006

Ulan Bator, Aug 24: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar was today honoured with Mongolia’s highest civilian award for his contribution to Indo-Mongolian friendship through his foundation.

Mongolia’s president N Enkhabayar bestowed the “Pole Star” upon the guru at Soyombo Hall in the President’s office this afternoon.

The spiritual guru is here on the official invitation of the Mongolian government. His Art of Living Foundation has a huge following in Mongolia with even the country’s President and Prime Minister being its ardent practitioners.

“I feel honoured at being bestowed with this honour and I believe it is not just the recognition of an individual but the recognition of deep spiritual and historical relations that India and Mongolia share,” said Sri Sri Ravishankar after receiving the award for his “Yeoman service to mankind”.

According to the President’s spokesperson, Tugsjargal Gandhi, very few people had been accorded the rare honour till now.

“This is the 800th year of the Mongolian state and we chose this year to honour Sri Sri Ravishankar recognising his popularity and his role in deepening the relationship between India and Mongolia,” said Gandhi, chairperson of the Committee on Social Policy, education, culture and science which accords the honour.

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