Isn't it strange that the god of one of the most non-violent communities was famed
for his physical prowess and was referred to by names like Bahubali and Mahavira?
Obviously, strength is all in the mind. And it goes to speak volumes for the power
of his thought and his preaching of that that 2,600 years after he was born, his
followers still number in millions and celebrate the occasion.
And this time, it's in style. Since it is the 2600th birth anniversary of their Lord, the Jain community in the city is planning celebrations in a big way. And these will be on for eight days, with the CM Chandra Babu Naidu as chairman.
The inaugural day's function (on April 1, 2001) will take place at the Lalitha Kala Thoranam with Home Minister T Devender Goud as chief guest, and will start at 7:30pm. The Manikchand Group of Industries chairman Rasiklalji Dhariwal will launch a new website 'www.srijainsevasangh.com' on the day, and this will be followed by a musical program on Bhagawan Mahavira presented by Rajendra Jain of Kolkata.
Here is the day-wise schedule for the rest of the days:
On April 2, there will be a free sight testing camp, as also an essay writing and a quiz competition on Lord Mahavira.
On April 3, the Automatic Blood Analyzer of S S Jain Mahavir Medical Relief Society will be inaugurated and a mehndi competition will also be held.
On April 4, a program called Kaun Banega Bhagyashali, sponsored by the Terapanth Yuwak Parishad, will be held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, along with free fruit distribution and a free eye camp for the poor.
On April 5, a 'Bhakthi Geet Competition' will be held at the Sangh Bhavan from 7:00pm.
On April 6, the celebrations of Bhagavan Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak Diwas will be held.
On April 7, a Virat Kavi Sammelan and other cultural programs will take place at Necklace Road, organized by the Sri Adijin Mandal.
And on April 8, cultural programs on Lord Mahavira will take place.
Please contact Captain B L Jain at 475-1188 for further details.