Second Hindu Spiritual & Service Fair, 2009 - Second Day (Friday, December 25, 2009)
CARNIVAL MOOD AT ONGOING SECOND HINDU SPIRITUAL AND SERVICE FAIR, CHENNAI
EDUCATIONAL, ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES ATTRACT THOUSANDS INCLUDING CHILDREN
DIGNITARIES FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE VISIT STALLS
Chennai, Dec 25: Cine actor Vivek, Chairman of the Sankara Nethralaya, Dr S S Badarinath and Dinamalar Managing Director Thiru R R Gopal, were among the host of dignitaries who joined thousands of denizens of Chennai in visiting the ongoing Second Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair at the Sri Ramachandra University Grounds at Tiruvanmiyur here today, on the second day of the event.
With the Christmas vacation beginning today, hundreds of children along with their parents, besides the young and the old thronged the venue where about 100 Hindu organizations are showcasing their social activities.
Perhaps for the first time, the citizens of Chennai could experience under one roof Yoga to meditation to books, herbs, plants and Ayurvedic medicines, audios and CDs on religion and spirituality.
If there were dances, music and songs for the culturally inclined, there were recitation of Vedic Slokas and Bhajans for the devout. Children from Veda Patasala and Chennai Concern, activists from Vishwa Varkari Sanstha, Rajasthani Association, DAV School, Udipi Mutt and disciples of Acharya Choodamani Smt Anita Guha enthralled the audience and visitors with their awe inspiring performances.
Swami Abhiramananda of Ramakrishna Math and Swami Atma Shraddhananada, Editor of Vedanta Kesari, were among the other dignitaries who visited the venue and visited the various stalls.
â€œChristmas Holidays were never so exciting. We got so much to learn. There are quiz programmes and lot of children's books. I plan to come here everydayâ€, said eight year old Haritashree, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya.
Other children and teenagers too echoed similar sentiments.
The five-day fair was inaugurated yesterday 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