Second Hindu Spiritual & Service Fair, 2009 - Fourth Day (Sunday, December 27, 2009)
BJP LEADER VENKAIAH NAIDU, TAMIL MAANILA MUSLIM LEAGUE LEADER SHEIK DAWOOD AMONG VISITORS
HINDU SPIRITUAL AND SERVICE FAIR DRAWS RECORD CROWDS ON PENULTIMATE DAY
SWAMI GAUTHAMANANDA TO DELIVER VALEDICTORY ADDRESS TOMORROW
Chennai, Dec 27: Visits by high profile political leaders including senior BJP leader Thiru M Venkaiah Naidu and Tamil Maanila Muslim League President Thiru S Sheik Dawood was the highlight on the fourth and penultimate day of ongoing second Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair at the Sri Ramachandra University Grounds at Tiruvanmiyur here on Saturday.
BJP State President Thiru L Ganesan, senior RSS leader Thiru Suryanarayan Rao, Hindu Munnani President Thiru Rama Gopalan, Director, All India Chinmaya Yuvak Kendra, Swami Mitrananda, former MP and Chairman of Jain TV Group Thiru Dr J K Jain, TAFE Managing Director Smt Mallika Srinivasan, former Chairman of Murugappa Group Thiru M V Subbiah and Dr R Vaidyanathan, Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, were among the host of dignitaries from different walks of life who visited the five day long fair today.
A spiritual discourse by Pujyasri Swamy Omkarananda Avargal, Head, Omkara Ashramam followed by the release of the Swamiji's new book in Tamil 'Siddhargal Arichuvadi' (Poottudaithal) was another highlight of the day. Noted Columnist Shri S Gurumurthy received the first copy of the book and delivered a special address on the occasion.
Another book on Vedic sciences was also released on the occasion by Shri Gurumurthy and the first copies were received by Dr Jain and Prof Vaidyanathan.
Appreciating the social work being done by various Hindu organizations, Thiru Sheik Dawood expressed his willingness to work with the GFCH India for the organization of a fair 'Islam in the Service of Mother India' proposed to be held in Delhi next year.
Expressing happiness, Thiru M Venkaiah Naidu said such fairs showcasing India's rich culture and traditions should be replicated across India. He said children should be exposed to the nation's spiritual and service traditions.
Veda Parayanam by children from Veda Patasala, Bhajans by Sivananda Gurukulam, skit and dance by Nandalala Trust and staging of the drama 'Swadeshi Iyer' by Sh Y G Mahendra & group, attracted large number of Chennai's denizens to the fair.
Pujya Swami Gauthamanandaji Maharaj, President of the Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai, would be delivering the valedictory address at the concluding function of the fair tomorrow. Thiru R Nataraj, IPS, DGP/Director, Fire and Rescue Service, would be the Chief Guest.
Swami Guathamanandaji would also be releasing a book titled 'Global Harmony' incorporating the launch function of the GFCH India on January 22, 2008.
The five-day fair was inaugurated on Thursday evening by Tamil Nadu Governor Sh Surjit Singh Barnala in the presence of eminent persons including the Chief Minister of Karnataka Sh B S Yeddyurappa.
Over 100 Hindu spiritual and service organizations including Ramakrishna Mission, Aurobindo Ashram, Ramanahram, Kanchi Mutt, Sringeri Math, Mata Amritananadamayi Math, Art of Living movement, Swaminarayan movement, Patanjali Yogpeeth etc are participating in the fair, organized by the Chennai chapter of the Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony (India), an Eastern initiative for conflict avoidance.
GFCH India, which is a partner organization of the United Nations' Alliance of Civilizations, was launched on January 22, 2008 by former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in the presence of leading spiritual leaders of all faiths including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Baba Ramdev, Maulana Mahmood Ali Madani, Cardinal Oswald Garcias, Paramhamsa Nithyananda and others.
K G Suresh