Cherukolpuzha all spruced up for annual Hindu meet

via The Hindu published on February 5, 2012

Cherukolpuzha, a small village nestling in the river basin of Pampa in the upstream reaches of Kozhencherry, is all spruced up to celebrate the centenary of the week-long annual Hindu religious meet that begins on Sunday.

The Ayroor-Cherukolpuzha Hindumatha Maha Mandalam (HMM) that organises the meet and various Government departments has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the meet to be held from February 5 to 12.

Vidyadhiraja-jyoti prayan

`Vidyadhiraja-jyoti prayan’, a ceremonial procession carrying Vidyadiraja-jyoti in a decorated chariot, set off from the Samadhi of Vidyadhiraja Chattampi Swami at Panmana in Kollam district to Cherukolpuzha on Saturday.

The Vidyadhiraja Ashram chief, Pranavananda Theertha, handed over the ceremonial lamp (jyoti) to the HMM president at a solemn function held at the Ashram premises in the forenoon. The procession reached Vijayananda Ashram at Kidangannur near Aranmula in the evening. The Jyoti will be brought to Cherukolpuzha on Sunday morning.

Renowned spiritual leader, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, will inaugurate the centenary meet at a ceremonial function to be held at the specially prepared pandal on the sprawling sandbed of Pampa at 3 pm on Sunday.

Ashok Singhal, Viswa Hindu Parishad national president, will preside over the inaugural function former Union Minister, and O. Rajagopal, will deliver the keynote address.

Swami Sivananda of Sringeri Madhom will deliver a religious discourse.

N.K. Premachandran, former Water Resources Minister, Prof P.J. Kurien, Rajya Sabha member; K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA; Mr Upendranatha Kurup, HMM president, and A.G. Hariharan Nair, convener, will also address the inaugural function.

A cultural meet will be held on Monday afternoon. Health Minister, Adoor Prakash, will inaugurate the meet and Mr K. Jayakumar, Additional Chief Secretary, will preside over the function.

Swami Abhayananda Theerthapada of Theerthapada Ashram at Kadakkachira near Kottayam will deliver the benedictory speech.

Dr B. Padmakumar, Associate Professor at Government Medical Colelge, Alappuzha; Swami Vedananda Saraswti of Peruva Gitananda Ashram; Swami Ayyappadas, Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajom president and Swami Prabhakarananda Saraswati, Kerala Sanyasi Sabha convener, will also address the meet.

Swami Satchidananda of Chalakkudy Gayatri Ashram and L. Gireeshkumar of Irinjalakkuda Tantric Vidyapeeth will deliver religious discourses, later, in the evening.

Ayyappa devotees’ Sammelan

Swami Jayendra Saraswati, Pontiff of Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam, will deliver the benedictory address at the Ayyappa Bhakta Sammelan to be held on February 9 afternoon. Mr V.S. Sivakumar, Devaswom Minister, will inaugurate the meet and Mr P. Venugopal, District Collector, will deliver the kynote address.

Swami Rithambarananda of Sivagiri Madhom will inaugurate the Vidyadhiraja Chattampi Swami commemoration meet to be held on February 10 afternoon.

CM to open valedictory meet

Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, will inaugurate the valedictory meet to be held, later, in the afternoon.

Mr T.K.A. Nair, advisor to Prime Minister, will preside over the valedictory function Swami Sivacharya of Saralabalu Madhom in Chitradurga in Karnataka, will deliver the centenary message and P. Parameswaran, Bharatiya Vichara Kendram president, will deliver the keynote address.

The Tirumala Devaswom president, Vappiraj, will also address the function.

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