As Guru Purnima fell on 19th July, a working day, it was celebrated at Anandadham on 17th Sunday, with a unique programme of honouring a large number of elderly retired teachers in and around Kodungallur.
The programme started at 10 a.m. with the chanting of Gurupaduka strotra by Susri Sutapa . Sri Gopalan Kutty Menon, a very senior respected retired teacher and a poet, presided. He and Lakshmi Didi together lit the lamp. SKIE students led the Guru strotra chanting.
Man. Lakshmi Didi, in her welcome address described the event as a unique one stressing that all those teachers who have laidthe foundation of the present generation at Kodungallur have come together for the first time and are being honoured. Forty-one retired Primary and High school teachers were present. Each of them was honoured with a memento and two of our publications. Eight selected teachers shared their experiences. Side by side, the children of Samskarvarga and Sandeepani Sishuvihar performed pada-pooja of their parents who were also invited for programme, marking that education starts at home from the parents.
Srimad Swami Tejaswaroopananda Saraswati, Vivekananda Seva Kendra, Thrissur who was the Chief Guest explained in his speech the importance of inculcating the values in the minds of children and he used the eternal example of Sri Hanuman of Ramayana. This also was a reminder to the audience that Ramayana, which is religiously read during the karkataka month (Ramayana Month) is not just a purana story to be taken lightly, but to be used as a manual of values for character building and Nation building to be inculcated in the growing children.
Mananeeya Lakshmi Didi's book "Bhavayami Ekanatham' (a short biography of Ma. Eknathji) was also released by Sri Gopalan Kutty Menon and the first copy was received by Smt Jyothi Unniraman, our close well-wisher. Programme concluded with Shanti Mantra and a grand lunch