Ithihasa Pulavar, the six-month training camp concludes
Promoting Hindu traditions in rural areas
One of the trainees, Ramesh,
Grama Kovil Poojarigal Peravai (village temple priests) conducted a six-month-long training camp under the project of Kathakar Yojana from November 30, 2003 to June 4, 2004, in Chennai. Shri Ashok Singhal, working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), inaugurated the camp in the presence of Shri S. Vedantam, on November 30, 2003. The valedictory function was held at the Kanchi Sri Shankara mutt. Kanchi Shankra-charya, Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati, blessed the trainees and the scholars who had under-gone the training on the Rama-yana, the Mahabharata, basic principles of Hindu dharma, life and teachings of Shaiva saints?Nayanmars and Vaishnavas?Alwars with shawl, rudraksha mala, a silver coin each and vibhuti and kumkum prasadam.
Initially 20 persons took part in the camp, out of whom only 12 persons completed the course by staying in the gurukula-type training camp for full six months. These 12 persons have expressed their desire to work as full-time workers for VHP. They have been asked to work in different districts of Tamil Nadu and also in Shaktiratham, a mobile temple launched by VHP in Tamil Nadu, 19 years ago. These kathakars will deliver a series of lectures in villages during night and during the day they will engage themselves in other activities of the VHP.