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ASHRAM’S OFFERING: Santhigiri Ashram director Guru Rethnam Jnana Thapaswi and general secretary Swami Chaithanya Jnana Thapaswi presenting a memento to Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani at the ashram at Pothencode, near the city, on Sunday. —
ASHRAM’S OFFERING: Santhigiri Ashram director Guru Rethnam Jnana Thapaswi and general secretary Swami Chaithanya Jnana Thapaswi presenting a memento to Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani at the ashram at Pothencode, near the city, on Sunday. —

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Terms visit to Santhigiri Ashram a ‘de-polluting’ experience

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In an atmosphere charged with devotion, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani inaugurated the 10-day “Nava Oli Jyothirdinam-9” celebrations at the Santhigiri Ashram at Pothencode, 20 km from the city, on Sunday evening.

Hundreds of devotees of Karunakara Guru who gathered on the ashram premises witnessed the solemn function. The Jyothirdinam marks the Samadhi day of the Guru.

Mr. Advani, in his inaugural speech, described the visit to the ashram as a “de-polluting” experience. The visit to the ashram had helped him get rid of contamination from his active participation in the field of politics, which was polluted.

Some served society as doctors, lawyers, teachers and politicians, but the contributions of spiritual leaders were what sustained the nation. Though he did not get an opportunity to meet the Guru, his meeting with Janani Amritha Jnana Thapaswi was a memorable experience.

Mr. Advani said he held in high esteem spiritual leaders who spread the message of peace, and the ashram had cast an indelible imprint on his mind.

Ashram director Guru Rethnam Jnana Thapaswi said the disciples of the Guru, who preached Sanatana Dharma, mother of all dharmas, and led the life of a common man, were trying to spread the message of his life and philosophy.

Varkala Radhakrishnan, MP, presided. Swami Chaithanya Jnana Thapaswi presented a memento to Mr. Advani. Balbir K. Punj, MP; the former Union Minister of State O. Rajagopal; J. Arundathi, MLA; Bharatiya Janata Party State president P.K. Krishnadas; and N. Peethambara Kurup, Congress leader, offered felicitations. K.N. Syamaprasad, ashram advisory board secretary, proposed a vote of thanks.

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