Belthangady: Dharmasthala is a holy place where religion flourishes, said singer Shamita Malnad.
She was speaking after inaugurating the 24th annual bhajan training workshop at Dharmasthala on Friday September 16. Spirituality and bhajans are linked, and when bhajans are sung in a melodious manner with the rhythm of raga-taala, the mind gets happiness, peace and tranquillity. Sing bhajans with concentration and experience it happily, she advised.
She gratefully recalled that as a child, she had come to Dharmasthala with her mother and father and had rendered tulabhara seva and got the blessings of Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade.
She appreciated the natural environment, cleanliness, discipline and the warm hospitality extended to devotees in Dharmasthala. She gratefully recalled the help and guidance given to women’s economic progress, empowerment through village development schemes with annadaan, vidyadaan, abhayadaan and medicine donation.
She sang two devotional songs in a melodious manner and enthralled the audience.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Hemavathi. V. Heggade said that dialogue between the Soul and the Supreme Soul is possible through bhajans. She suggested that everyone should become a decent, cultured citizen of the society by forming an ideal personality with good character.
Dharmadhikari D. Dharmadhikari presided over the function.
Speaking on the occasion he said that, social transformation should take place through bhajans. He suggested that bhajana mandiras should become centres of good samskara with exemplary leadership, discarding all defects and addictions with the control of the five senses.
He further said that everyone should participate in the workshop with interest and become bhajan singers.
Presenting the report Suresh Moily said, a total of 316 participants , including 133 women and 183 men, including 8 from Mumbai, are participating in the workshop.
Mohandas Swamiji of Manila and Amit were present.
Bhajana Kammata convenor Subrahmanya Prasad welcomed the gathering. Secretary Purushottama P. K. delivered vote of thanks.