Torch for Universal Peace arrives at Open Air Stadium
People prayed for universal peace when it was 12 hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the 21st century, here on Wednesday.
It was a programme organized under the aegis of the Uniramm Trust of the Universal Ramana Maharishi Sanmarga Bhakthi Movement, Tiruchuzhi, at the stadium, to commemorate 12:12:12: as ‘Universal Peace Day - Return to Nature’.
The torch for Universal Peace which started its journey at the Lord Ayyappa Temple here on November 11 reached the Breeks HADP Open Air Stadium here on Wednesday.
During the journey, it had covered various parts of the Nilgiris including Anikorai, Kenthorai, Banahatty, Kurumudi, Kotagiri, Battakorai, Thuneri, Nattakkal, Elithorai, Edapalli, Coonoor, Odanatty, Denalai, Katteri, Selas, Kasolai, Melur, Annamalai, Kinnakorai, Yedakkadu, Kallakorai, Valley View, Nagarthalai, Sholur, Marappallam, Cherambadi, Barwood, Masinagudy and Kalhatty.
Thousands of men, women and children from various parts of the district, particularly Badaga villages, who had gathered at the stadium, lit lamps at 12 minutes and 12 seconds past 12 p.m. and prayed for world peace. They also sang bhajans on the occasion.
Tourists including foreigners and Buddhist monks joined the singers.
The significance of the occasion was explained by Swami Sathyananda Maharaj of the Uniramm Trust.
A song on Universal Peace was rendered by singer Deva.
Representatives of various religions lit a traditional lamp and some of the participants released doves.
Speaking to The Hindu , Geetha Srinivasan, Convenor, Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage (INTACH) said that it was a memorable programme and expressed the hope that its message would make all sections of the society ponder.
The occasion was observed as Nilgiris Environment Protection Day by the Island Trust and other organizations like the Indian Red Cross Society, the Blue Mountain Consumer Protection Association, the Kotagiri Citizens Forum, Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective, Social Action Movement, Nilgiris Adivasis Movement and the Green Wing of the Providence College.
A total of 1,212 trees were planted in various schools, colleges and institutions to mark the occasion.
Event organised by Uniramm Trust of Universal Ramana Maharishi Sanmarga Bhakthi Movement Thousands of men, women and children from various parts of Nilgiris district participate
Event organised by Uniramm Trust of Universal Ramana Maharishi Sanmarga Bhakthi Movement
Thousands of men, women and children from various parts of Nilgiris district participate