Chennai to Host Fifth Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair from Feb 19-24, 2013

Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Anniversary to be Central Theme


Former CEC N Gopalswami heads Fair Organising Committee

The fifth edition of the highly acclaimed Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair (HSSF) would be organized at A.M.Jain College, Meenambakkam, Chennai, from February 19-24, 2013.

This year’s Fair is very special as it will be dedicated to the memory of Swami Vivekananda whose 150th birth Anniversary is being celebrated throughout 2013-14 by the Central and State governments of India and also by many spiritual organisations.

With Swami Vivekananda and the thoughts expounded by him becoming the Central theme of the Fifth HSS Fair 2013, the organisers have planned the following publicity campaign and programmes:

● Vivekananda Effect: Hundred cut outs of Swami Vivekananda of 20’ height will be displayed in various prominent locations in the City of Chennai to create awareness.

● Swami Vivekananda Yatra: Swami Vivekananda’s Statue mounted on ten vehicles will be taken to about 500 schools throughout Chennai and surrounding areas to take the message of Swamiji to the students. This will be organised by Initiative for Moral and Cultural Training [IMCT], a unit of Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation;

● Swami Vivekananda Walkathon: The IMCT will organise Vivekananda Walkathon on the Marina Beach Road by 3000 students from various schools as part of the HSS Fair Programme to celebrate the 150th anniversary year of the Patriotic Monk.

● Swami Vivekananda Exhibition: The thoughts, life and mission of Swami Vivekananda will be displayed and exhibited in the centre Hall of the Fair along with the “Sanathana Dharma Tree” and datas of Service activities rendered by the various participant organisations in the fair;

● Swami Vivekananda Competitions: Competitions for school students in Vivekananda-centric topics and cultural, traditional and personality development skills will be conducted.

Apart from the Special Features centred on Swami Vivekananda, the Fair will have the usual cultural shows and spiritual discourses during the fair timings by the participant organisations and students.



For the last five years The Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation, affiliated to the Global Foundation for Civilizational Harmony (India), has been organising the Fair to show case the large scale, but mostly unknown and invariably unpublicized service activities undertaken by the Hindu spiritual organisations.

The idea of the Fair is to change the wrong perception about Hindu spiritual organisations that they are not socially conscious and that they do not have deep impulse for public service. This incorrect and unfair perception is needed to be corrected to create a proper image of India that tallies with the reality to enable the country, which is emerging as a global power, to play its rightful role in the world.

The Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair is thus an innovative and massive effort to network the Hindus spiritual institutions to project a proper image about them in the public domain including outside India, where Hindu spiritual organisations are mainly perceived as brand ambassadors of spiritual and religious India.

It was against this background that four such Hindu Spiritual and Service Fairs had been organised by the GFCH and HSSF with the participating Hindu spiritual organisations as the co-sponsors at Chennai from 2009 to 2012 the last fair having been held in January 2012. In the first Fair 35 spiritual organisations had participated; in the second, over 100 had participated; in the third, over 120 organisations participated; and in the fourth 160 organisations participated. The Fairs, which were the first of its kind and was perceived as a great innovation by the participants and also the public, have attracted substantial media attention and public acclaim.

The members of the Patrons Committee of the Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation are- Swami Gauthamanda Maharaj, President, Ramakrishna Mission, Chairman; Dr. Jayant Balaji Athavale; Sathguru Sivananda Garu, Founder, Sanathana Dharma Charitable Trust; Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, Founder President, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam; Sringeri SankaracharyaSwamigal Sri Sri Vidya Theertha Bharathi; Kanchi Kamakoti Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi; Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji, Founder, Art of Living; Mata Amrithanandamayi, Founder, Amrita Institutions; Swami Baba Ramdev, Founder, Patanjali Yoga Peet; Swami Thejomayananda; Swami Mitrananda, President, Chinmaya Yuva Kendra; Swami Omkarananda, Founder, Omkara Ashram, Theni; Swami Ambanandaji Maharaj; Srimat SadanandaSwamigal and Swamini Pramananda.

Former Chief Election Commissioner Sri N Gopalaswami is the Chairperson of this year’s organizing committee while noted danseuse Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam and Sri Manoj Kumar Sonthalia of the New Indian Express are the Vice-Chairpersons.

The other distinguished members of the committee are: Sri. L. V. Subrahmanyam, IAS, Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam; Sri. C. V. Narasimhan, IPS, Former Director, CBI & Educationist; Sri. R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, SASTRA University, Tanjavur; Dr. V. Shantha, Chairperson, Cancer Institute; Smt. Thangam Meganathan, Chairperson, Rajalakshmi Group of Educational Institutions; Smt. Arthi K. Ganesh, Pro-Chacellor, Vel’s University; Dr. K. S. Lakshmi, Secretary, Meenakshi College; Sri. Mugappan, M.V, Director, Murugappa Group; Sri. Ram.V.Thyagarajan, Chairman, Thiru Arooran Sugars Ltd; Sri. Gopal Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Capital Funds Ltd; Sri. Dr. M. Manickam,Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, Sakthi Group of Companies; Sri. Karumuttu T. Kannan, Managing Director, Thiagarajar Mills Ltd;  Sri. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Member of Parliament (RS); Sri. Dr. B.S. Sivanthi Adityan, Chairman, Daily Thanthi; Sri. Rangaswamy. K.V., Adviser to Chairman, L&T; Sri. Prof. D. N. Rangabhashyam, FRCS, Gen. Surgeon and Gastroenterologist; Sri. Ravindra Sannareddy, Managing Director, Sri City Pvt. Ltd; Sri. D. K. Srinivasan, Founder, Hindu Mission Hospital; Sri. Srinivasan K. Swamy, Chairman & Managing Director, RKSwamy BBDO Pvt. Ltd and Sri. Gurumurthy S, Chartered Accountant, Columnist & Writer.

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