Special Correspondent

Course in mythology for students soon

All TTD programmes will be implemented at the village level

Gita Govindam to be organised in jails

GUNTUR: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’ Central Dharmika Salaha Mandali, the apex advisory body on matters related to taking Hindu religion to the people at grassroots level, has proposed setting up of Grama Seva Dharmika Mandalis in all the 1,100 mandals in Andhra Pradesh.

The Central Dharmik Council member Origanti Venkateswarlu told The Hindu that setting up of advisory bodies at the mandal level was completed in 600 mandals so far and once this exercise was completed, with 10 to 15 members forming these committees at the mandal level. At the grassroots level the Grama Mandalis would also be constituted with similar number of members having interest in religious activities and ready to work devotedly to stop spread/canvassing of other religions in the Hindu religious places/shrines.

All TTD programmes would be implemented at the village level with active coordination of the Grama Mandali, Mandal committee and District Dharmik Mandali, he added. To begin with the Grama Mandalis would take up Nagara Sankeertans every Saturday, hold bhajans at the house where a death had taken place.

The TTD initially gave Rs.2 lakh per District Dharmik Mandali for various programmes to be decided at the local level and if the local committee takes up some programme with its investment, the TTD would come up with matching grant. Each district would be given a vehicle Prachara Rathams for the canvassing.

Central Dharmika Salaha Mandali had also suggested preparation of a curriculum for school students from class 6 to class 10 on Hindu Mythologies (to be prepared by N. Srihari) and hold three examinations within this period based on the syllabus. Those who qualify in this and come out in flying colours would be sponsored financially in the higher studies by the TTD.

Now jail inmates would benefit from the Gita Govindam to be organised on the jail premises to improve their mental status and wean away them from the criminal thinking process due their stay there. Bhajagovindam would also be organised at the district level for general public regularly.