Monday, October 17, 2016
Ludhiana: The birthday of Pandit Shradha Ram Phillauri, writer of the prayer 'Om Jai Jagadish Hare' -- which is sung in all the temples of the world and houses of Hindus -- was celebrated in Ludhiana on Friday. The demand for a commemorative postal stamp and establishment of a chair in his name was raised by members of various organizations on this occasion. In the function organized in Krishna Temple Hall of Model Town 21, people from various fields were honoured.
Krishna Kumar Bawa from the Pandit Shradha Ram Phillauri Welfare Association informed that Phillauri was born on September 30 in 1837 at Phillaur near Ludhiana. Phillauri's novels highlighted his endeavour to fight social evils like Sati and child marriage. His writings also advocated widow remarriage and education for women. Bawa informed that Queen Victoria's horoscope made by Phillauri was housed in a London museum.
"Importantly, 'Om Jai Jagadish Hare' was composed by him while singing in the streets, and now this prayer is sung by Hindus all over the world. It was on April 13, 1863, that this prayer was sung for the first time by him," said Bawa.
Source:-The Times of India