Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair draws crowd

CHENNAI: The Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2012, being held at the Dwaraka Doss Goverdhan Doss Vaishnav College Ground in Arumbakkam, is drawing huge crowds. The fair, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, received a steady stream of visitors on Thursday. According to the organisers of this sought-after annual spiritual fair of the metro, a total of 160 stalls have been put up by various spiritual and service organisations based in the south, as well as from north India.
Large concentration of visitors were seen at the stalls put up by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, Sri Sathya Sai Organizations, Melmaruvathur Adiparasakthi Peedam, Sri Narayani Peetam, Vellore, Seva Bharathi and Ayya Vaikundar Narpani Sangam, Kanyakumari.
Jyotirlingas darshan, organised by Brahmakumaris, is one of the added attractions for visitors. Pictorial presentation of TTD’s growth through a topic ‘Then and now’ drew good response from youth, as they were able to see some rare photographs of the temple and its development over the years.
Stalls of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Departments of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and the Archeological Survey of India recorded a steady stream of visitors on Thursday evening.
Many spiritual organisations distributed pamphlets about the services undertaken by them, while several others showcased their works using DVD presentations. Speaking to Express after visiting the fair, Murlidhar Rao, BJP National Secretary, said, “It’s a great effort by the organisers and by seeing the crowd, it is achieving its goal — dissemination of spiritual and as well as service activities of Hindu organisations.”

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