KERALA

Ceremonial start to Cherukolpuzha meet

SETTING THE TONE: Kerala High Court judge V. Giri inaugurates the Hindu religious meet at Cherukolpuzha on Sunday.

SETTING THE TONE: Kerala High Court judge V. Giri inaugurates the Hindu religious meet at Cherukolpuzha on Sunday.  

Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The nine-decade-old annual Hindu meet on the sandbed of the Pampa at Cherukolpuzha, near Kozhencherry, got off to a ceremonial start on Sunday.

The week-long religious meet, organised by the Ayroor-Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Maha Mandalam (HMM), was inaugurated by Kerala High Court judge V. Giri.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Giri said the Hindu religion was the best example of unity in diversity, as it encompassed diverse cultures under a single umbrella of culture, heritage and tradition.

Presiding over the inaugural function, Swami Chidananda Puri, president of the Kolathoor Advaitha Ashram in Kozhikode, said Hinduism could not be treated as a religion, as it was dharma, a way of life. He said the revival of this rich cult of Hindu dharma was an essential prerequisite for the very existence of the world itself.

Swami Chidananda Puri said learning and practising Hindu philosophy in its true spirit was the only solution to curb the bloodbath witnessed in the modern world in the name of religion.

He said the entire world looked upon spiritual India with the fervent hope of getting some solace in this age of man-made chaos.

However, the Swami pointed out that certain religious practices without scientific basis had led to some sort of degeneration of Indian culture. Mathru Swami, head of the Kerala Ashram of the Art of Living Foundation, delivered the keynote address. He said failure to understand native traditions, culture, and heritage was a major flaw on the part of India.

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