Karnataka Vaibhava to mark Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's birthday in Bangalore

Posted on: Monday, May 6, 2013 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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MANGALORE: Gram Devata utsav will be held as part of the 'Karnataka Vaibhava' being celebrated on the occasion of birthday of the founder of The Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The event, which will be held on May 12, will highlight the importance of Gram Devtas (village deities), a step towards reviving the 'Grama Devata Utsav' which is fast losing its significance. 
The unique congregation will showcase the rich splendor of Indian culture and the vibrancy of its roots will witness thousands of people from all across India and abroad. The 1008 Gram devatas will be bedecked royally and brought from their respective villages to the Art of Living Centre in Bangalore, where they will be honored. Some of the Gram Devtas who will be part of the celebrations are Annamma Devi Nagar Devta from Bangalore; Plague-Maramma from Nagasandra ; Goruvinahalli Mahalakshmi ; Choudeshwari from Shimoga ; Kanakadurgamma from Bellary; Kholapurada Amma from Kunigal; Marikamba from Tiptur, Gram Devatas from Mysore, Channapatna, Kolar, Malur, among many others. 
"We are celebrating 'Karnataka Vaibhava' with a Grama Devata Utsav, which will see participation from 1008 deities and the conferring of 'Sri Sri Awards'. Events like this will help restore the ancient traditions and bring people together. We will have deities from Mysore, Channa Patna and other places," said Prashant Kumar, organizer from the Art of Living. 
On May 13, 'Sri Sri Awards' will be conferred upon on 25 people from the state of Karnataka for their valuable contribution in the fields of education, music, rural development, environment etc. The event will host dignitaries like Smt. Bharati Vishnuvardhan, Cine Artist; Sri. Shiva Shanmugam, Chairman FKCCI; among others.

Source: TOI 

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