Thousands Participate in the Navati of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru


Pothencode: The 90 th birth anniversary of Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru was

celebrated here with the participation of thousands of devotees and eminent

personalities from all walks of life, who felicitated the function. The event saw a

large congregation of leaders from different faiths as well as from various political

parties for the common cause of social harmony, tolerance and peace, the message

which Navajyoti Sri Karunakara Guru tried to teach the followers. Thousands of

devotees took out a lamp procession in the evening marking the completion of a

series of programs organized by the Ashram in connection with the Navati


The Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament, who inaugurated the Navati Cultural Meet,

said that spiritual institutions like Santhigiri Ashram give the message of religious

tolerance and love of humanity, which is the basis for global peace. Kerala and Sri

Lanka have geographical similarities. However, Kerala, the God’s Own Country is

much ahead in the path of peace, he said. The world looks to India, when it comes

to comes to peace, he added.

The function was presided over by Minister Katakampally Surendran, who said

that Santhigiri is a place where a communist like him as well as leaders of Right

Wing parties and various faiths are able to meet and share the same platform.

Sri P. Tilothaman, Food Minister, inaugurated a project by Santhigiri Ashram for

building homes for 90 homeless people on this occasion. He handed over the key

of the first house to a beneficiary.

Sri Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP State President, releasing the Navati Souvenir

in the function said that it is the Guru tradition of India that protected and kept

alive the Indian culture from all foreign invasions.

Swami Amritananda Puri, Vice President of Amritanandamayi Mutt inaugurated

the Harita Sree project of the Ashram intended to promote awareness among the

student community about organic farming by handing over vegetable saplings to

the students and teachers of Govt. Medical College HSS.

Sri Pannyan Ravindran, CPI Central Committee Member, delivered the Key Note

Address. Ninety distinguished personalities from different areas of life were

felicitated in the function which included Sri G. Venugopal, well known playback

singer, Smt. O.V. Usha, poet, Sri K. Manoj Jayan, Film actor, Sri P.V. Chandran,

Managing Editor of Matrubhumi and Chairman of Indian Newspapers Society

among others.

Rev. Bishop Susapakyam Metropolitan, Rev. Dr. Gabriel Mar Gregarious,

Malankara Orthodox Church, Kerala Muslim League Jamait Federation President

Maulavi Katakkal Abdul Aziz, Muslim League Dist. Committee General Secretary

Prof. Thonnakkal Jamal, BJP National Executive Committee Member Sri P.K.

Krishna Das, Sri Sajan Verghese, M.D., Mangalam were among the participants in

the Meeting.