Hindu Spiritual & Service Fair 2013
Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2012
The Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2012 that was held on January 25-29, 2012, was the fourth of such annual fairs from 2009.
Some 98 organisations out of the 160 organisations which participated in the HSS Fair 2012 run over 1 lakh educational institutions over 58,000 rural development projects, more than 8,200 hospitals, over 88,000 temples... the list is endless.
The speaking Sanatana Dharma Tree at the Main Hall of the Fair became the major attraction to the visitors to the Fair and to the media. This novel idea, which captured as the living reality, the ageless and timeless Sanatana Dharma was conceived and conceptualised as an expression of gratitude to the children of Sanatana Dharma, the Indian spiritual organisations, which were depicted on the Tree as leaves and branches for their glorious service in the cause of Sanatana Dharma.
Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2011
Just as the Second Fair (2010) was a greater success than the first, the third Fair proved to be even greater as compared to the second.
The Third Fair was held from 25th to 30th January 2011 at Sri Ramachandra University Grounds, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. Revered Hindu Spiritual leaders Swami Gautamananda of Ramakrishna Mutt and Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam and noted industrialist Sri V. Gopal Srinivasan were the dignitaries on the dais at the inaugural function.
The Third Fair commenced with the grand Srinivasa Kalyanam conducted by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, Tirupati at the Fair venue specially for the benefit of under privileged children and senior citizens.
One hundred and sixteen Hindu spiritual organisations participated in the Fair. Several new organisations including the well known Dharmasthala, Siddhaganga Mutt and Adi Chunchunagiri from Karnataka participated in the Fair. Large number of students from various schools participated in the school competitions such as Oratorical, group singing, drawing, etc.
About four lakh people from various walks of life thronged the Fair.
By now, the Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair concept has evolved as a unique movement to unfold the universal Hindu spirituality, whose message of service is not only to serve the entire humanity but the entire creation.
Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2010
Considering the enthusiasm created by the first Hindu Spiritual and Service fair among the participant Hindu Spiritual organisations, the Second Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair was planned for three fold increase in the size of the fair and it was held during 24-28 December 2009. Sri Surjit Singh Barnala His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the Fair and Sri Yeddiyurappa, the then Chief Minister of Karnataka and Shri Vellayan The Chairman of Murugappa Group were the Guest of Honour at the Inaugural. Sri Barnala lauded the Fair saying that "Religions and different faiths should bring about an understanding among the people and foster unity among faiths" and that "Appreciating all faiths and respecting all religions is the need of the hour."
Over one hundred organisations including the prestigious Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam, Dwaraka Tirumala, Ramakrishna Mission, Aurobindo Ashram, Ramanashram, Kanchi Math, Sringeri Math, Mata Amritananadamayi Math, Art of Living movement, Swaminarayan movement and Patanjali Yogpeeth enthusiastically participated in the Fair. The Fair was held at a sprawling ground belonging to Sri Ramachandra Medical University at Tiruvanmiyur in Chennai. The collective service rendered by the participating organisation listed over 90000 schools, 12500 hospitals and medical centres, thousands of rural development projects among others.
Many dignitaries from different walks of life including business, public life, arts, music and cinema visited the Fair during the five days. The total visitors at the Fair exceeded two lacs. Students from some 35 schools participated in the different competitions conducted by the organisers. The Second Fair was almost three times bigger in participation, size and the impact it made on the participating organisations and the public.
Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2009
The Chennai chapter of the GFCH (India) sponsored the fair on February 6, 7 and 8 at the Jaigopal Goradia Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Anna Nagar, Chennai. Thirty six Hindu spiritual and service organisations participated in the Fair, also as co-sponsors of the Fair. Swami Gauthamananda, President of Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai was the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Fair and Swami Mitrananda, the head of the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra was the Secretary. The Fair was inaugurated by Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
The Fair showcased the services and spiritual activities offered to the society by various Hindu spiritual organisations. It was an exhibition of the literature and activities of different Hindu religious and spiritual organisations. This was the first of many such fairs which will be later held on bigger scale in different parts of the country by the other chapters of GFCH (India) and the Fair will be extended to spiritual and religious organisations belonging to other faiths.
The Fair aimed to provide a platform to exhibit the spiritual and service activities of the different sponsoring and participating institutions to the public, particularly the students and youth and also enabled the followers and members of different organisations to have an overview of what other organisations were doing so as to promote a healthy, harmonious and mutually respectable relations among them.