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PATNA: In order to inculcate moral values among the young generation
and to diminish the influence of vulgar shows and dance at theatres,
Mahavir Mandir Trust, Patna has arranged the best Ramlila group from UP
to hold Ramlila for 10 days from November 29 to December 8 at the
Sonepur fair. A large pandal has been erected at the fair venue for the
devotees to watch the Ramlila, which will be performed from 7pm to 10pm.
On Thursday, Ram Pujan will be held, followed by the inaugural show.
Lord Ram, considered the embodiment of all moral values, is an ideal
person to inculcate moral values among the younger generation, said
Mandir Trust secretary Kishore Kunal. On the 10th day, Satya
Harishchandra play will be enacted. The Ramlila team is from Salempur in
UP and consists of 60 members headed by Y. Shankarmurti and Manvendra
Tripathi. Apart from this regular Ramlila, kirtan, bhajan and regular
pravachan (religious discourse) will be held from 2pm to 6pm everyday to
make the environment more spiritual.
Kunal said Hariharnath Mandir
is a very ancient temple near the confluence of the Ganga and the
Gandak, where Lord Vishnu had come to rescue the elephant from the
clutches of the crocodile. It is one of the most celebrated places of
pilgrimage where even Guru Nanak had come. In his famous book
'Bhu-Parikramana', Vidyapati, a great Maithili poet, has given a
detailed description of this pilgrim centre. Hariharnath temple is a
pioneer in combining the worship of Vishnu and Shiva together.
Therefore, it is a centre of great cultural synthesis also, he added.
Kunal hoped the Ramlila shows will diminish the influence of theatres
and set a healthy trend at the Sonepur fair. For hundreds of years, it
has been holding the largest cattle fair in Asia and a large number of
sadhus and devotees have been visiting this fair. But in the last two
decades, its environment has been vitiated by vulgar shows at various
theatres and it has been losing spiritual fervour. This has been a great
concern for all those who have been advocating for upholding moral
values in society.