Thursday, August 12, 2010

President to dedicate Lotus shaped Parnasala for World Peace and Harmony

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil is scheduled to dedicate the Parnasala for world peace and harmony on August 13, 2010 at Santhigiri Ashram, Pothencode, Thiruvananthapuram.

Parnasala, a fully bloomed lotus in marble structure, is the final resting place of Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru, the founder of the Ashram. The President will also formally inaugurate the month-long celebrations. Parnasala will be opened for worship on September 12, 2010, on Guru's birthday. Years ago, 'Parnasala' was a thatched hut supported by four poles, where Guru lived and interacted with visitors. The thatched hut was later converted into a one-room tenement with a tiled roof.

The current structure of Parnasala, received in visions stands at a height of 91 feet, radius of 84 feet, 64 feet inner diameter and 21 petals. The structure contains twelve upward facing petals of 41 feet length and nine downward facing petals, 31 feet each. Lotus bud shaped 27-feet (made of high teak wood) sanctum sanctorum will contain an image of Guru in pure gold. The first floor of the Parnasala contains 12 rooms and will maintain articles used by Guru.  Guru left His physical body and merged in Adisankalpam - the Primordial Consciousness, the source of Creation on May 6, 1999. It was revealed from the Supreme Light that His body should be laid to rest in the Parnasala itself.

During tomorrow's visit, President will offer prayers at the prayer hall (Aradhanalayam) and offer flowers at the Parnasala. Thereafter, President will meet Sishyapoojitha Amritha Jnana Thapaswini, the Guru apparent of the ashram. Following, President will address the gathering and declare Parnasala dedication to the humanity.

The month-long function will include cultural programmes, including a dance programme choreographed by Surya Krishnamurthy, ghazal rendition by Pankaj Udhas and a musical fusion by famous musicians percussionist Sivamani, violinist Balabhasker, ‘khadam' artiste Vikku Vinayakam, traditional percussionist Mattannoor Sankarankutty, guitarists Alwin Fernandez, Santhosh and Prasanth, and keyboard artiste Jayakumar; Kalaripayattu performances by CVN Kalari and traditional Gujarati dance form.

An international conference focusing on global warming, climate change, sustainable development and secular spirituality will also be held in association with UNESCO, TERI and Santhigiri Research Foundation in September.

Representatives from all major spiritual centers and religions across India will participate in The 'Spiritual Congress,' that will focus on the theme of universal peace.

The Education Fest to be conducted aims to find, promote and nurture a spirit of research among school and college students. 'Santhigiri Expo-2010' will also be held during this occasion.

A model eco-friendly village with mud houses and windmills has been recreated at the ashram. The Eco-Village, is said, will showcase models and methods to combat issues including pollution, environmental degradation, natural resource depletion etc. Indian and foreign organizations including government institutions, NGO's, research and educational institutions, students will participate and also exhibit the latest research and interventional methods in the areas of environment protection and sustainable development.

Further, the expo will have exhibitions stalls of village and craft products and revive memories of the old village life through the replicas recreated at the venue.

To view the animated shot of Parnasala or to know more about Santhigiri Ashram, visit

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Information about International Conference on Global Warming,Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Secular Spirituality

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