RELIGION

Selva Vinayagar Temple: Maha Sivarathri puja, 10 a.m.; discourse on ‘Karaikal Ammaiyar' by Savithiri, 8.30p.m.; on ‘Siruthondar' by Gnanasambandan, 10.30 p.m.; on ‘Kannappa Nayanar' by Shanmuga Tirukkumaran, 12.30 a.m.; on ‘Pattinathu Siddhar' by M. Elango, Railway Colony, 2.30 a.m.

Arasamaram Pillaiyar Temple: Maha Sivarathri festival; nagaswaram by M. V. Perumal, 6 p.m.; abishekam, 7 p.m.; devotional music by L. R. S. Orchestra, Kamarajar Road, 7 p.m.

Kasi Mutt: Maha Sivarathri Thevaram music festival, Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, 8 p.m.

Panniru Tirumurai Mandram: Discourse on ‘Tiruvilayadalpuranam' by N. S. Sundararaman, South Adi Street, Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, 7 p.m.

Tiruvalluvar Kazhagam: Discourse on ‘Tirumandiram' by S. Tirumavalavan, North Adi Street, Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, 7 p.m.

Tiruvalluvar Mandram: Discourse on ‘Kandar Alangaram' by Umarani, S. S. Colony, 5 p.m.

Ramakrishna Mutt: Maha Sivarathri celebration; discourse on ‘Sivarathri Mahimai' by Kamalatmananda, 7 p.m.; puja and bhajan, 7.45 p.m.; homam, New Natham Road, 4 a.m.

Chinmaya Mission: Maha Sivarathri mahotsavam; puja, 7 p.m., 10 p.m., 12.30 a.m. and 3 a.m.; Veda parayanam, Chinmaya Meenakshi, Seventh Cross Street, Doak Nagar, 7 p.m.

Sourashtra Parampariya Sri Renuka Devi Baktha Sabha: Maha Sivarathri festival; Renuka Devi maha homam, 4 p.m.; pongal festival, 5 p.m.; veena concert by Ananda Poornachandran, 6 p.m.; devotional music by S. P. Geetha Bharathi, 7 p.m.; kolattam by Govinda Dasa Seva Samajam, 8 p.m.; puja, Sourashtra HSS, Kamarajar Road, 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

CULTURE

Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya: Free Rajayoga meditation classes, 36 Meenakshi Nagar, P and T Nagar; 40 Sambandamoorthy Street, 47 B CMR Road and 357Anna Nagar, 6.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.

Gandhi Memorial Museum: Yoga, meditation and pranayama classes, 6 a.m., 10.30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Aanmeega Kalvi Nilayam: Free meditation class, Madurai Arivu Tirukoil, 24 Besant Road, Chokkikulam, 6 a.m.

Siva Vishnu Yoga Vedanta Centre: Free yoga and meditation classes, 2/332 Moogambigai Street, Ananth Nagar, Narayanapuram, 6.30 a.m.

Yoga Research Centre: Yoga training, Department of Philosophy, Madura College, 6.30 a.m.

Department of Tourism: Sound and light show, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, 6.45 p.m. (English) and 8 p.m. (Tamil).

Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation: Exhibition of handicrafts, Poompuhar, 12 West Veli Street, 10 a.m.

Karuththu Pattarai: I. Muthiah releases A. K. Alagarsamy's book, M. Bhuvaneswaran presides, Bharati Book House, Periyar Bus Stand, 5.30 p.m.

GENERAL

Madurai Kamaraj University: M. Rajiakodi, Registrar (in charge), inaugurates translation orientation programme, Nellai S. Muthu addresses, Setupati Arangu, School of Tamil Studies, 10.30 a.m.; capacity building programme for tribal women, Women's Studies Centre, 10.30 a.m.

Lady Doak College: Jonathan N. Gnanadason, former Secretary, International Christian Federation for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, delivers Graham Staines Endowment lecture on ‘Fundamentalism vs tolerance,' Jayamathy Frank, Vice-Principal, presides, Multimedia Theatre, 11.30 a.m.

Thiagarajar College: D. Ravi Shankaran of PSG Institute of Advanced Studies speaks on ‘Nanotechnology and quality of life,' A. Thamaraichelvan, Principal, presides, 9 a.m.; Tamil Research Centre seminar; P. Dhanapandi and K. Bagyalakshmi present papers; book review by I. Pechimuthu; K. Kalidasan presides, Seminar Hall, 12 noon.

Sethu Institute of Technology: Chandu Nair, former president, Scope e-Knowledge Centre, inaugurates national conference on ‘Hi-tech trends in emerging computational technologies,' Pulloor, 10 a.m.

Entrepreneurship Development Institute: M. Shanmugam, Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University, inaugurates entrepreneurship development programme for SC youth of Virudhunagar and Sivaganga districts; K. Panneerselvam, Executive Director, EDI, presides, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Gnanaolivupuram, 11 a.m.

Lions Club of Madurai Thendral: Charter Day celebration, V. Murugesan addresses, Sourashtra Chamber of Commerce, Thavittu Santhai, 7 p.m.

Sudhanthra: Free legal aid and psychological counselling for victims of violence, 6 Vallabhai Road, Chokkikulam, 3 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meeting, Quality Care Hospital, Ellis Nagar, 7 p.m.

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