Thousands pay homage to Swamiji

published on November 25, 2006


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : The mortal remains of the Swamiji are being kept in his own room at the ashram for the public to pay homage. The body is seated on a special pedestal in front of the picture of his guru Neelakanda Padar. The body will be interred at the Jyothi temple being constructed on the ashram premises. The rites in connection with the Samadhi begins at 1.00 pm.  

The Jyothi temple, which will be an abode of peace for believers of all religions, was a dream project of the Swami. It may be a strange coincidence that the temple will now turn a memorial to him.

Thousands of devotees, local people, spiritual leaders had already gathered at the ashram when the body was brought there by 12.30 p.m. A few of them were weeping while many were chanting ‘Hare Rama Hare Rama…’ The flow of devotees continued uninterrupted till late night.

Defence Minister A K Antony, VHP President Ashok Singhal, VHP International General Secretary Praveen Togadia rang up the ashram and conveyed their condolences.

Former Union Minister O Rajagopal, poet Sugathakumari and sisters Hridayakumari and Sujatha Devi, Hindu Aikya Vedi president J Sisupalan, VHP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan, Swami Abhayananda Theerthapadar, Panmana Ashram head Swami Pranavananda, M A Wahid MLA, NCP leader N.Peethambara Kurup and BJP leader K Raman Pillai were among those who visited the ashram to pay their last respects. 



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