[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras - 42 students from 5 villages went on a Pilgrimage to Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu

25 Jun 2022 214 Views

“India has come to preserve spiritual traditions which many ancient cultures and countries have lost. Today Hinduism represents not only India but the ancient wisdom of humanity. In Hinduism, many ancient countries can still rediscover their religious past, their old gods, and their old spiritual traditions.” Ram Swarup (1920-1998), Indian writer and scholar

Pilgrimages to Hindu Temples and sacred rivers are considered sacred to remove the bad karmas, eliminate negative thinking, reduce the pressure of life,  and minimize the effects of paapa (sinful) karmas. Visiting these special sacred places accrues to good karma. As a householder has to go through several responsibilities and is always under pressure.

               Similarly, the pilgrimage would help the students to reduce their stress, learn about the history of the Temple sites, the importance of accumulating good karma, establish closeness with their peers, and enhance their knowledge about the history of the pilgrimage sites. It is the means by which the pilgrims get connected to the divine.

               Sri Sridhar Mutrasanallur who lives in Bangalore is responsible for initiating and coordinating our efforts in Chennai. He closely monitors our two programs – Ghar Waapasi and Bala Samskar Kendras. GHHF is grateful for his passion and dedication to protecting and preserving our Sanatana Dharma.

Forty-two (42) students from Chengalpattu district of TN had a fun summer trip to the nearby Shore temple at Mahabalipuram on May 22, 2022. They were accompanied by 6 teachers/adults who took care of them and made sure they had full fun while remaining safe during the entire trip. One of the teachers is Smt. Jayalakshmi ji who is the GHHF head in Chengalpattu district and was instrumental in pulling together this trip. Students were super thrilled about the entire trip and had been eagerly awaiting it for several weeks. Mahabalipuram is a distance of about 26km from the students’ villages and so a minibus was arranged for the trip. The trip started at 10:15 am in the morning after the children had finished their breakfast. All the children were given full safety instructions to follow during the trip before the trip started. As soon as the bus was on its way, children were singing and dancing to full volume on the bus. By around 11:15 am bus reached its destination. Given the historical importance of the place, an ASI-certified guide was hired to help explain the 1200-year-old history of the place. The guide first gave them a brief history of who built the place – the Pallavas, who first came looking for a trade to India from Sri Lanka.

Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple

Sponsor one or more Schools

We need all the support we can get to expand the number of Bala Samskar Kendras (Centers) to 150 as of May 15, 2022. Sponsor each School for $1200 per year. You can suggest a teacher in your village or neighborhood in India to start Sunday School.

DONATIONS

PayPal Method: To donate visit our website: savetemples.org. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select the “Sunday School – Bal Samskar” category.

By Check: Or you can send a check payable to Global Hindu Foundation, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible.

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By Rupees, please contact us by either phone or email.

For more information, call Prakasarao V Velagapudi 601-918-7111; Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com

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