Santhigiri can help spread peace: Lankan Minister

18th anniversary of the samadhi of Karunakara Guru held

Updated - May 07, 2017 07:32 am IST

Published - May 07, 2017 07:31 am IST - Thiruvananthapuram

The worship with lamps held aas part of the 18th ‘Nava Oli Jyotirdinam’ celebrations at Santhigiri Ashram on Saturday.

The worship with lamps held aas part of the 18th ‘Nava Oli Jyotirdinam’ celebrations at Santhigiri Ashram on Saturday.

Santhigiri could spread the message of peace in a world torn apart by hatred and violence, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister for Public Administration, Sri Lanka, has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Navoli Jyothirdinam, held in connection with the 18th anniversary of the samadhi of Karunakara Guru, here on Saturday.

Mr. Bandara said Santhigiri could be the door to peace in the world. Karunakara Guru’s messages were very similar to that of Buddhism.

C. Divakaran, MLA, presided over the function. Sri Lankan Minister for Industries Daya Dharmapala Gamage, Minister for Petroleum Anoma Gamage, provisional council member Chandra Kithsiri Kahatapitiya, and Kataragama church chief incumbent Don Kumarage were the chief guests.

Secularism

Kottayam diocese Metropolitan Thomas Mar Themotheus, Ashramam organising secretary Swami Gururethnam Jnana Thapaswi, Ashramam general secretary Swami Chaitanya Jnana Thapaswi, and former Deputy Speaker Palode Ravi were present.

Later, inaugurating the valedictory, Minister for Cooperation Kadakampally Surendran said Karunakara Guru had enriched the cultural arena. Santhigiri had become a symbol of secularism. There was no religion or caste here.

Its contribution to the State’s renaissance movement was valuable. At a time when peace and quiet were lacking, Santhigiri had become a place of shelter. District panchayat president V.K. Madhu presided.

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