Isha Fest - 2005 on Sept. 25
24 September, 2005
COIMBATORE - As part of its annual festival, Isha Yoga Center is observing a week-long celebration of peace from Sept. 19 to 25. Mr. K. Sekar, Project Co-ordinator. Action for Rural Rejuvenation, said and added that the festivities began with a series of street plays in the rural areas of the State, with a specially trained troupe from Chennai. He told newsmen that the object of the 'Peace Week' is to bring global peace process to the grass root level by enacting street plays as they are a powerful media and a good source of entertainment.
International Day of Peace
In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly declared Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace, with a lofty and compelling notion to set aside strife for just one day and to have the entire world observe 24 hours of global ceasefire and non-violence. From then on, each year more and more individuals, groups, communities and countries throughout the world, especially in areas of conflicts, are recognizing the significance of committing to one day of peace through prayer, meditation and other forms of spiritual observation.
The week-long celebration culminates on Sept. 25 with Ishafest, which is held consecutively for the 10th year, commemorating the day of enlightenment of Sadhguru. Every year Ishafest is conducted with a theme which reflects a different religion or culture of the world. The theme for this year is 'Maharashtra' - Hum rashtram Maharashtram.
According to Mr. Sekar, Maharashtra is a land of saints, sages, warriors, leaders and musical stalwarts with a very rich culture and heritage. Renowned performers from Maharashtra and the world over have been brought here to present native, traditional and modern songs and dances, along with performances in vibrant Maharashtrian art forms.
In addition to the refreshment stalls which offer an array of traditional rural Maharashtrian cuisine besides Indian and Western food, beverages and sweets, arts and crafts stalls will display handbags, clothing, artwork and fine furniture produced by Ishacraft. Arrangements have also been made for spirited games and sports both for children and adults.
Tsunami Relief: Mr. N. Kumar Govind, Public Relations Officer, Isha Foundation, said the Foundation has donated 35 concrete houses to the tsunami-hit district Cuddalore as the final phase of their permanent rehabilitation for the victims. He claimed that all the newly built houses are earthquake and tsunami resistant, with their area ranging between 325 and 350 sq. ft. costing about Rs. 1.5 lakhs each. They have also donated 89 boats with engines and fishing nets worth about Rs. 1.5 lakhs each.
He observed that seashores with heavy tree plantations have been least affected by tsunami and hence they have planned to plant about 1 lakh trees on the shores under their Green Hands Project.
Velliangiri Mountains Clean Up Camp: The seven hills of the Velliangiri Mountains are a well-known pilgrimage site heavily frequented by approximately 15 lakh devotees undertaking an arduous trek between Mahashivarathri and Buddha Pournami. These hills located in the Nilgiris biosphere are facing an adverse ecological impact as the trekkers are discarding plastic containers and bags which have virtually chocked the waterways, apart from posing a threat to wildlife.
Isha Yoga Center, situated just a few miles away, has been involving in cleaning up these mountains during the past several years.
Their Vanashree Eco Centre also provides cloth bags to the pilgrims and present LCD shows to educate the public about bio-degradable alternatives to plastic and the importance of preserving the environment.