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Several programmes mark Gandhi Jayanti celebrations in Mysore

Staff Correspondent

District administration holds all-religion prayer meet



REMEMBERING THE MAHATMA: Mayor Bharathi offering floral tributes to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi to mark Gandhi Jayanti, in Mysore on Sunday. Deputy Commissioner S. Selvakumar (right) and Mysore City Corporation Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim are seen.  51; PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

MYSORE: An all-religion prayer meeting organised by the district administration at the Town Hall here on Sunday marked Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.

Light showers preceded the prayer meeting as mellifluous strains of Gandhiji's favourite devotional song "Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram ... ... " and "Vaishnavo Janato ... ... " rendered by a choir echoed in the Town Hall auditorium.

While Swami Vireshananda of Ramakrishna Ashram chanted verses from the Hindu scriptures and prayed for global peace, Moulana Usman Sharief, the Sirkhazi of Mysore, read out verses from the Quran, which seeks protection for men from worldly vices.

Buddhist monk Agidamma recited the Shanthi Mantra (hymn of peace) and Suresh Kumar Jain read out from the Jain scriptures that preach non-violence, to pay tributes to Gandhiji.

District in-charge Minister Tanvir Sait; Mayor Bharathi; D. Made Gowda, MLC; and a host of public representatives attended the prayer meeting.

Earlier, Ms. Bharathi garlanded the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Square. Deputy Commissioner Selva Kumar; Mysore City Corporation Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim; and B.K. Prakash, former Mayor, accompanied her.

Green tribute

Mysore Agenda Task Force (MATF), Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) and the Forest Department observed Gandhi Jayanti in a unique way by removing the asphalt around trees on Ramavilas Road. MATF member M. Lakshmana said improper asphalting will prevent water from percolating to the roots of the trees.

A 10-day book exhibition organised by Gandhi Study Centre began in Manasagangothri. Krishna, Speaker in the Legislative Assembly, inaugurated the exhibition and released a few books on Gandhiji.

A free polio-detection camp was organised by Sri Sumathinath Jain Navyuvak Mandal at Mahaveer Bhavan to mark Gandhi Jayanti. Ten expert surgeons participated in the camp, which was inaugurated by Mr. Sait. Polio victims selected for surgery will be taken to a hospital in Udaipur, and the cost will be borne by the mandal.

A free bone mineral density check-up camp to detect bone and joint problems was organised under the joint aegis of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Prajna Kuteera Ayurvedic Treatment Centre, Himalaya Drug Company and Green Milk Apex Laboratories.

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