Monday, February 18, 2013

Fifth Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair to begin tomorrow in Chennai




Fifth Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair to begin tomorrow in Chennai

Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF), a unique forum that showcases the service activities of diverse Hindu Spiritual Organizations is organizing the Fifth Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair from February 19 to February 24, 2013 at AM Jain College grounds, Meenambakkam, Chennai. 
Commemorating Swami Vivekananda’s 150th year Birth Anniversary HSSF proposes to install big cut-outs of Swami Ji in some 400 spots in the city; ratha yatra, walkathon, exhibition on Swami ji’s life and thoughts were part of the programme. 

The high spirit of public service rendered by various Hindu spiritual organizations draw attention of the society at all levels. Some well-known Hindu Spiritual and Service institutions which are participating in this Fair are: All World Gayathri Parivar; Art of Living; Arya Samaj; BAPS Swaminarayan Samstha; Central Chinmaya Mission Trust; Divine Life Society; Friends of Tribal Society; ISKON; Isha Yoga Foundation; Jain Educational Society; Jeeyar Educational Trust; Karuna International; Mata Amritanandamayi Math; Panamana Ashram Kerala; Patanjali Yogapeeth; Prajapitha Bramha Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidhyalaya; Rashtra Sevika Samithi; Samskrita Bharati; Satyananda Yoga Charitable Trust; Seva Bharati; Sree Ramachandrapura Math; Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala; Shri Puthige Math; Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY); Sivagir Ashram Kerala; Shri Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) Kerala; Shri Siddhaganga Math; Shri Ramakrishna Math; Sri Aadhi Chunchunagiri Mahasamsthana Karnataka; Sri Ahobila Math; Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Math; Sri Narayani Peetham Vellore; Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam Tiruparaithurai; Sri Sarada Ashram, Ulundurpet; Sri Sathya Sai Organisations; Sri Sringeri Sarada Peetham; Sri Vivekananda Ashramam Vellimalai; Svyasa Karnataka; Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Siddhar Peetam; Madras Sanskrit College; The Archeological Survey of India; Thiruvavaduthurai Atheenam; Tirupathi Tirumala Devasthanam; Vanavasi Seva Kendram; Vivekananda Educational Society; Vivekananda Kendra and a host of other charitable organizations will participate in the Fair.
The details of the massive network and services rendered by the various Hindu Spiritual and Service Organizations during last year are:
No. of Centres run by them                                            1.95 lacs
No. of full time and part time workers                        10.95 lacs
No. of beneficiaries of the services                             21.55 cr
Schools (including single teacher/tribal schools)         1.00 lac
Students on the roll                                                        73.34 lacs
Students supported                                                           2.48 lacs
No. of Veda Patashalas                                                     819
No. of educational institutions for the blind                    80
No. of rural development projects                                  0.59 lac
No. of villages covered                                                    0.89 lac
People benefitted from water supply                             1.44 cr
No. of hospitals run/managed                                         8226
No. of patients availing services                                     1.43 cr
No. of medical/non-medical staff                                   0.55 lac
No. of medical camps                                                      1.18 lac
No. of patients given free/subsidized care                   19.52 lacs
Total amount of cash assistance given for
Med-relief                                                                        27.31 cr
No. of beneficiaries by tribal welfare work                    1.03 cr
Total disaster relief distributed                                      229.82 cr.
Houses built for Tsunami victims                                   8504
No. of tree samplings planted                                            7.57 cr
No. of self-help groups run for women                            1.48 lacs
No. of orphanages run                                                       347
Free houses for slum dwellers                                        32600

Around 240 organizations had come forward to participate in the fair this year.  Sri L K Advani, the former Deputy Prime Minister of India will be the Chief Guest at the inaugural function along with two spiritual leaders Swami Ashutoshananda of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai and Swami Omkarananda of Chidbhavananda Ashram, Theni.  Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, will render the invocation song.
RSS Sarkaryawah Ma. Bhaiyya Ji Joshi will be visiting the Spiritual Fair on 20th February, 2013. 

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