Gopashtami Utsav was celebrated on 31 Oct 2014 by Parampara to create awareness on the importance and irreplaceability of the Indian cow for our sustenance and wellbeing.
Research shows a direct correlation between a population’s exposure to A1 cow’s milk and incidence of autoimmune disease, heart disease, type 1 diabetes, autism, and schizophrenia. In sharp contrast, A2 milk that Indian Cow breeds produce, is highly nourishing and therapeutic. Sadly today, Indian cow breeds have been largely replaced by A1 milk yielding foreign breeds.
Simply switching breeds of cows could result in amazing health benefits. In the above context, the recently celebrated Gopashtami Utsav assumes considerable significance.
During the event, Mankulika Jhaver, our founder pointed out that “It is not by chance that Gau Mata is a constant companion of Shri Krishna – the purnavatara. She is NOT his Vahana. Krishna himself reveres her”. She appealed to the youngsters at the Utsav to protect the GOMATA whose manure is one of the best ways of replenishing the earth’s nutrient content and vitality. With such organically improved soil fertility, a host of cascading benefits unfold, ranging from the wellbeing of farmers to chemical-free food and good health of the consumer.
To pay obeisance to the GOMATA, students from Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan, Kids Central, Vruksha Montessori and M.O.P.Vaishnav College gave performances.
Eminent musician Bombay Jayashri, Chairperson-Indian Express, Saroj Goenka, and Founder- Global Adjustments, Ranjini Manian, spoke on the importance of cows for our wellbeing and offered their support to protect the GOMATA. Gomata Puja was also performed in keeping with the Indian tradition of worshipping all those entities who sustain us.
Austerity Centre Launch
The Austerity Centre was launched at its new premises on 12 July 2014 on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima. The program was blessed by N Ravi - Editor-in-chief of The Hindu, Valli Subbiah - Founder of Kids Central, Arun Jain - Chairman, Polaris Financial Technology and Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri.
This joyous occasion was marked by Vedic Chanting by children of the Ved Paathshaala, Mangadu. A film presentation on the relevance and potency of the twin concepts of Austerity and Daan was screened. Children from various schools including Padma Seshadri, Ananya School and Kids Central expressed their idea of austerity through dance, music, and theatre.
Launch of Ekadasi
Parampara started the ‘Ekadasi Movement' on June 22 2010, to create an awareness on the significance of Ekadasi, especially among children. It is believed that on this day, the gravitational pull of the earth is less, which helps one to raise his/her level of consciousness. To facilitate it further, the body is kept light through fasting.
Eminent personalities such as Y.G. Parthasarathy, Kamala Kasturi, Saroj Goenka, Manjulika Jhaver and Velukkudi Krishnan shared their thoughts with the huge audience at the event. Besides the general audience, a large number of students from 10 city schools participated.
The Ekadasi Movement was launched on that day by Manjulika Jhaver, Founder-Trustee of Parampara. In her speech, she elaborated on the significance of Ekadasi and highlighted the activities of Parampara towards spreading awareness about our culture and tradition.
The event touched on how difficult times of subjugation befell our nation and how we lost sight of the inner meaning and significance of many of our great practices, which then came to be observed as mere rituals. For instance, ‘Ekadasi', the eleventh day after new moon day and full moon day is now being observed more as a ritual, than as a tool to uplift our consciousness. Dr.M.V. Viswanathan of Parampara said that the Ekadasi movement was designed to remind us to allot at least one day in a fortnight for spiritual reflection. It is hoped that the movement started here will revive the wisdom of this great country and restore it to its pristine glory by the practice of its timeless percepts.
Parampara organized ‘Tulsi Utsav’ on 17thNovember2010 at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture’s auditorium in Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet.The program was organized to pay reverence to the Tulsi plant in view of Tulsi Vivah.
There were music and dance presentations by children from different schools. Carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri, artist/ educationist Madhuvanthi Arun and author Lalitha Ramakrishna were the guests of honour.The photo shows a dance performance by students of Chettinad Vidyashram.
Tulsi Vivah is the wedding of Tulsi with Maha Vishnu. This holy occasion falls on the 11th day of the waxing moon in the month of Karthik (कार्तिक), after Deepavali. It is called the Devotthani Ekadasi( डेवोत्थनीएकाढ्शी – The day of awakening of the Devas).
On 29th Oct 2009, Parampara celebrated Tulsi Vivah with around 300 invitees at our centre, and the message of respecting nature by revering the basil plant was told in various ways. Stories about Tulsi were told through song and dance by children of different schools. The audience sat in rapt attention taking in each word that was uttered, sang and danced. Prema Srinivasan - eminent environmentalist, Lalitha Ramakrishna – author, Preeta Reddy – MDApollo Hospitals, and Suhasini Mani Ratnam – actor, were the guests of honour.