The 8th Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair 2016 is going on at the AM Jain College Grounds, Meenambakkam (Opp. to Chennai Airport). This religious exhibition/fair is being held from August 2 to August 8, 2016 from 9.00 A.M. in the morning to 9 P.M. in the night. I went to the fair yesterday, so I present to you some photos and info gathered there, in this post.
The fair organizers have put some interesting and useful information on large banners near the entry. These texts organized into Ten Chapters inform visitors about the principles of this religious/spiritual fair and why it has been organized. It also gives historical, cultural, and scientific references & explanations. I recommend you go through at least a few chapters that interest you.
There were 300+ stalls put up by various religious/spiritual organizations (mostly) from all over Tamil Nadu and India. People in the stalls were trying to create awareness about their organization’s philosophy, mission, works done, services provided, books published by eminent personalities, plants being distributed/s0ld, health products, and even products created by the people in their organizations. The above pics show the stalls of Sri Sri (The Art of Living) and Chinmaya Missions.
In the first photo above, you can see the stall put up by Sri Satya Sai Seva Organizations – Tamil Nadu. In the second photo, you can find the photo of the (planned) 216-feet panchaloha statue of Sri Ramanujacharya, scheduled to come up in Hyderabad, Telangana, next year – 2017, during the occasion of the 1000th birth anniversary of the Saint. Details here.
Above, you can find the photos taken at the Mata Amritanandamayi and Isha stalls at the fair. I found stalls put up by traditional health organizations/hospitals and some of them offered free health checkups. There were stalls put up by Ashrams and Temple trusts.
You can see a mobile Temple installed on a Van just outside the fair in the first photo. I bought vada and laddu (prasadam) from Sri Kalahasti Temple stall, inside. There were a few Temples with idols installed inside the fair.
Few eatables were available inside the exhibition like Patanjali products, varikki/fresh juices, etc. There was also a food court with various types of dishes available outside the expo. Abundant free mineral water is available inside. Mobile toilets are available outside.
There are a few interesting artistic installations of Gods put up in the ground just outside the fair. Free parking is available for both bikes and cars. There is a separate gallery for programs like competitions for school students, seminars and discourses. You can find a few special programs in the below photo – planned from 7.00 P.M. to 9.00 P.M. everyday). <Click on the photo to expand or download it and zoom in.>
Official Website: HSSF – Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair.