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It shines to enkindle

Inter-Religious Harmony

To bring out well-balanced and thoughtful individuals in our society and also to create awareness among students so that they have a better understanding of India’s many diverse religions, a visit to religious places in and around Karkala, Moodabidri and Gurpura was organised by the Centre for Inter Religious Harmony on 20 June 2022.

The students visited the Jain Temple in Karkala, where the 42 ft. tall statue of Shri Bhagwan Bahubali, popularly known as Gomateshwara statue is located. The students were acquainted with the Jain precepts of peace, non-violence, sacrifice of worldly affairs and simple living.

Thereafter,they visited St Lawrence Minor Basilica, Karkala. By narrating the story of St Lawrence and history of the place, the students were acquainted with the values of being generous and helping the poor and needy.

The students then visited the ‘Saveera Kambada Basadi’ located at Moodabidri. SwasthishreeCharukeerthiBhattarakaPandithacharyavaryaMahaSwamiji beautifully explained the history of Jainism and Jain Temples situated in Moodabidri. The Swamiji encouraged the students to realize the importance of this centre and be a messenger of peace in the society. This visit influenced the students to walk on the path of non- violence.

The students also visited Hosanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple at Kodyadka. Later, the students visited Asshaim Sayyed Mahmood Jamaluddin Darga located in Gurupura. The field trip was a splendid experience with a lot of games and activities. It built emotional and spiritual bonds and brought a spirit of harmony amongst the students. The students realized that respecting every religion is very essential for ensuring peace and harmony in the society.