Rameshwaram, The Anchor Of Indian Renaissance 4
Rama-katha was incorporated in Buddhist Jatakas. Sanskrit or Pali versions of Ramayana got translated in Chinese. Pali Dashratha Jataka was narrated to a landlord who was mourning his son’s death. Another Jataka, Boddhisatwa replaces Rama and Naga replaces Ravana, but rest is strikingly same. To the extent that Naga comes in sanyasi disguise to take away queen of Bodhisattwa. The Nidana of king ‘Ten luxuries’ refers to Dashratha who ruled in Yen-bu-dai meaning Jambudwip i.e. India. Indonesia had regular contact with the mainland especially since Gupta period around 5th A.D. In Java there are two famous groups of temples, Prambaran and Pranataran. The former is more influenced by Indian style and has many scenes from Ramayana. (Ramayana in Asia, Harish Kumar Chaturvedi, India’s Contribution to the world Thought and Culture, p.181) Indonesia now is a Muslim majority nation, but has Ramayana as national text.
Events for the month of June 2016
To commemorate World Environment Day, a mass Rangoli Competition was organized on 12 June 2016 in 8000 sq. ft. The 8000 sq. ft. area is divided into 100 blocks and 15 themes related to environment protection were given to participants. Over all of 100 enthusiastic groups consisting of 350 members from all the 21 wards participated. The participants with a great enthuse created Rangolis. The event was inaugurated by the Municipal Chairman Mr. A. Arujunan.
A valedictory was organized to honour the contestants. Cultural programme was staged by school students to cheer the crowd.Dr. Kalpana Sankar, Chairman and Managing Trustee, addressed the gathering. Mr. C. V. Sankar, Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Guest addressed the crowd and congratulated the participants. Best of 10 Rangolis were selected and the team was rewarded with 2 grams gold coins and rest of the team rewarded with 10 grams of silver coins. The municipal chairman, Municipal Commissioner, ward counsellors and other officials from local body, Vivekananda Kendra and Hand in Hand participated in the event. Overall, the event was a huge success and covered in print media as well.