Second Hindu Spiritual & Service Fair, 2009 - Third Day (Saturday, December 26, 2009)
HOLIDAY CROWDS THRONG ONGOING SECOND HINDU SPIRITUAL AND SERVICE FAIR, CHENNAI
VISHNUSAHASRANAMAM, BHAJANS SEE LONG QUEUES
ACTRESS SUGANYA, TVS CHAIRMAN AMONG VVIP VISITORS
GFCH WEBSITE RECORDS WORLD WIDE HITS
Chennai, Dec 26: It was devotional music and cultural programmes that attracted visitors from across Chennai and outside on the third day of the ongoing second Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair at the Sri Ramachandra University Grounds at Tiruvanmiyur here on Saturday.
Lilting Bhajans by devotees of the Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, recital of the sacred Vishnu Sahasranamam by Jeeyar Educational Trust, devotional music presented by CIRD and chandas in Vedas and Tamil sacred songs sung by Sandakavi Ramaswamy and Sri Vaishava Sri mesmerized the thousands who turned up at the venue, including senior citizens, women â€“ young and old and children.
â€œWe have so far confined to listening to the music and reading the literature of our respective Sampradayas/Mutts. The fair has opened our eyes to the vast ocean of Hindu literature across the spectrum and broadened our perspectiveâ€, said Shri P P Rajan, a resident of Thiruvanmiyur.
What's more, representatives of different Hindu organizations were seen felicitating each other after the cultural programmes and devotional songs, in a rare display of solidarity.
Among the dignitaries who visited the fair today were cine actress Suganya, and Chairman of TVS Group Shri Venu Srinivasan.
Perhaps for the first time, the citizens of Chennai were experiencing under one roof Yoga to meditation to books, herbs, plants and Ayurvedic medicines, audios and CDs on religion and spirituality.
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