Punjab governor and UT administrator Shivraj V Patil on Friday released book "Vachanna" translated by Loveen Kaur and edited by professor Pandit Rao Dharennavar of Post Graduate Government College here.
Appreciating the initiative of translating holy books of Kannada in Punjabi and other languages, Patil gave Rs 1 lakh from his discretionary funds to prof Rao to translate Guru Granth Sahib in Kannada language also.
He said exchanging teachings of Gurus in different languages would help in creating healthy and peaceful society. He said that the holy book contains Bani of 173 saints of 12th Century from Karnataka and total 2500 selected Vachans translated from Kannada to Punjabi.
Speaking on life and teaching of Sri Basaveshwaro, Patil said the teachings and message of Sri Basaveshwaro are relevant in today's complex and materialistic world.
Patil also honoured Bengaluru-based Basava Samithi president Arvind Jatti on the occasion.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included principal secretary to governor MP Singh and former MLA Jagral Singh Gill.