M'lore: Christian Community Celebrates Dasara Stressing Need for Religious Harmony


M'lore: Christian Community Celebrates Dasara Stressing Need for Religious Harmony

Pics: Arun D'Souza
Daijiworld Media Network—Mangalore (CN)
 
Mangalore, Oct 15:
Mangalorean Christians under the leadership of the Chair in Christianity of Mangalore University, Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations, Sisters from Bethany Congregation, and Konkani Yuva Awaz, celebrated Dasara at Lalbagh opposite the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) office, recently.



The Dasara procession organized by Sri Gokarnatheswara Temple, which passed through Lalbagh was greeted by the Christian community people with lit candles and traditional puja articles.

Priests, nuns, intellectuals of the Christian community and youth led by Konkani Yuva Awaz participated in large numbers. Fr John Fernandes, head, Chair in Christianity, Sr Wilberta, assistant general, Bethany Congregation, Sr Joy, general secretary, Bethany Educational Society, Sr Annceline, counselor to the general, Sr Prema, co-ordinator, ‘Sahodaya’, Denis D’Silva, convenor, Federation of Karnataka Christian Associations, Santosh D’Costa, vice-president, Konkani Yuva Awaz, Gretta Rebello, corporator, and Meera Lewis, greeted the architect of Mangalore Dasara Janardhana Poojary and other Hindu leaders on the occasion.

  

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  • Joy Raj D'Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 3 2008

    Thanks a lot to you all my Hindu brothers and sisters. This unity we need to keep forever bypassing all the political games. We will always there with you guys. Now I am thinking of celebrating Deepavali, Mosaru Kudike, and other festivals of Namma Kudla. We are always one. We are all Mangaloreans.

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  • sadashiv, mng

    Fri, Oct 17 2008

    Congragulations Konkani Yuva Awaz.yes! this is what we wanted in our community.my dear friends, sisters& brothers,well done. but dont involve any stupid politicians in such events,they are main culprits.keep them away.they are trying to break our unity.Let us live in peacefull envoirnment.god bless all.

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  • Fanita J Rodrigues, Kasaragod

    Fri, Oct 17 2008

    To Suresh Suvarna - THANK YOU!

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  • Walter Saldanha, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 17 2008

    Neil of course you are hurt by the atrocities committed on the Christians. This is not done by Hindus but by a few fanatics. I tell you majority of the Hindus are good and peace loving. They are not happy with what has happened to the Christian community. May be that they have some reservations, but heart to heart they do not like the atrocities committed on Christians. They know that it will not bring blessings to them and their children, for they are God fearing like most of us. We too would not like to desecrate any temple and bring curse upon us.

    But don't you think that we need to build bridges and not closed compartments.Without bridges we cannot have a dialogue with each other.For ages Hindus have visited us on our vodlem fest, and they have invited us for their celebrations. This was the congenial atmosphere existing in Dakshin Kannada, which we are lacking today.

    I admire the initiative taken and all those who participated. Now let us not go to sleep, but organize more festivals like these, and build a peace loving community of all religions.We need to encourage more open minded people for the welfare of the society. Why can't we share our sufferings with the Hindus friends? I feel that we need to avoid generalizing and keeping all in the same category.

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  • clarence miranda, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 17 2008

    It is heartening to see the Christians joining the Hindus to celebrate Dasara. It is a good gesture. But this will not undo the harm done to us. This in no way give us any justice. Let us not loose our idetity while doing all this. By the way, all this will have some credibility when Acharya, Yedirappa and the matadhikaris join us in the churches to celebrate holy mass on Christmas day. If this happens, it will be more heartening. Then I will be seeing more pictures of our nuns on daijiworld going to a temple and light the divyas.

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  • VR Miyar,

    Fri, Oct 17 2008

    Dear Anil Doha, a very true and touching comment... its better to give Bharat Ratna award to LK Advani for changing the face of India, its not the new thing what we Catholics used to do, I have a couple of awards and certificates for participating and winning the first and 2nd prizes in Ramayana, Mahabharata exams and assays in my school ( Pervaje Karkala ) we were in front row in every ‘ bhoothada Kola ‘ Yakshaghana .. we used to go to pady field in all three days to keep deepa in field a mark of respect to Baliyendra when deepavali celebration we used to go to our Muslim classmates house to learn Hindi as most of used to take Hindi as 2nd language but today ….

    Becoze of some dirty politicians we lost our brotherhood … I wish and pray 91-92 days will not repeat in Karnataka any way hats up to Catholics .. that’s what we are keep going no turning back Monthi main pusteli amchin Dukan !!! VR Desouza

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  • Neil Rodrigues, Mangalore/ Hyderabad

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    What are we trying to do? What are we trying to potray out of all this. We have fundamental differences that we need to address and by lighting candles This issue cannot be fixed or resolved. For God Sake, frens try putting up a show. lets work to uplift our poor brothers and sisters.

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  • Fredrick Correa, Nairobi, Kenya

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    This is a great gesture from the Catholic community. This will isolate the few people who hate Catholics. This will also isolate the New Life movement and other divisive groups who work against the Catholics. Majority of the Hindus were never against Catholics and they never will be.

    After all do we not have wonderful Hindu neighbours? For any of our functions, is it not the neighbours who give us the bulk of the support, including helping in preparing the sweets during Christmas or helping in every way possible during a marriage or birthday function? For the information of all, it is the Catholics who have adopted a number of things which are Indian.

    No Catholic marriage is now complete without the Mangalsutra (Kariamani). Our ladies now freely apply tilak on the foreheads. You must have noticed most of the Catholics have now Indian names. Agarbattis are allowed to be used in place of incense. (though incense is still allowed to be used). We have the hymns from Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali sung in the Church. (Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high ....,

    There are numerous strings in your lute .. etc.). The late Sr. Genevieve was an expert in Indian art and had painted all her pictures on Jesus, Mary and other saints the traditional Indian style. We also have adopted some of the good practices from the Muslims as well. We still have a long way to go but we have already on the journey.Once again my best wishes to all the peace loving people of Mangalore. May God Bless Mangalore. May God Bless India.

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  • SURESH SUVARNA, mangalore

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    THANKS DAIJIWORLD AND ALL CHRISTIAN RELLATIVES WISH YOU TO ALL HAPPY DASARA AND IN ADVANCE HAPPY MEARRY CHRISTMAS ,WE ARE ALL INDIANS

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  • Ronald, Barkur

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    It is possible to love all people and be sensitive towards the feelings of other religions, especially if one takes interest in reading or otherwise to KNOW what others believe and practice, and the like. It is the job of all the religious leaders to promote inter-religious harmony . Finally, Catholics themselves have taken the Sacrament of Holy Communion lightly.

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  • HAROLD FRANCIS MONTEIRO, MANGALORE/W.AFRICA

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    Mangloriens are realy very royal in heartly but politicians are selfish dont have humanity .well educated people also not understanding these culprits

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  • Ramesh Baliga, Manglore

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    This has inspired me to celebrate christmas this year.I will surely buy a christmas cake for my family this year.

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  • Anil, Dona-Qatar

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    When I was a kid this was the most common site in our society. Those were the good old days when the ganpati arti would not start till my brother and I would reach the pandal after we had finished our rosary.

    There were no time limits on how long we would dance at navratri and then go droopy eyed to school the following day. Diwali was not all crackers and the dussera puja would be followed by seeking blessing from elders and exchanging leaves of the wild berries. then came the cable tv and changed everything and the kids prefered to stay indoors except a few of us who were later labled the gunda gang.

    1991/92 changed everything for us. the very friends who would eat beef and pork at my place started changing 'Pehle Kassai phir Isai' thanks to the VHP and the RSS shakhas that opened next door. our muslim friend left the area when one of our own was involed a dirty act of driving them out. the few hwaks in our society barred us from having the yearly mass in the building compound.

    We were stopped from sitting to distribute prasad at the yearly puja. sad but true how things changed. how i wish all the boys could come back again. the gunda gang that i so miss. yes some do come up to meet me when i am down but a few still do keep away. some of the old hwaks have died and the some are on the last leg of their journey.

     I guess the old days will never return. we have now grown and have children of our own and we have taught them what was never taught to us while growing up. so i guess they will keep away and will never know the real diwali, christmas, dussera, eid, holi or govinda that we experienced and lived. we live in a different world now where we are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Parsis we are no more humans but known by the religion or caste that we are brought up in.

    We are all not Indians anymore but are defined by our religion, caste and creed. the sad reality is that Mother India is seeing her children fight over crappy issues and crying and there is no one to wipe her tears

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  • Balakrishna T.Shetty, Palladakody/M'lore/Riyadh

    Thu, Oct 16 2008

    Hats off to you all my Christian relatives. Yes it was our Kudla, it is our kudla and it will be our kudla for ever.

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  • Tarun Karkera, yeyyadi,mangalore

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Great step!!! really great!!! this is the way to reach peace and harmony in the district...really good occasion!!!!

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  • Rajesh, Barbados

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Wow!!. Nice ! Hmm happy to see it. Hopefully we have a great Christmas waiting for all of us!. It’s nice, hopefully I will be celebrating navaratri in future atleast for my friends!?!! Good to see like minded Christians. (It’s only that we see a lot hard core religious writers and are not not in real life!).

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  • sheela shetty, Mangalore, UAE

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Past few days all of us are exchanging different voices towards the happenings in Mangalore. Blaming religions and political parteis. Frankly speaking it never sounded good. I was wondering when this will come to and end. Bicause such things never happened in Mangalore. God has listned our prayers. he is so kind started showering. Let us forget whatever happened in past. Start new life like this. respecting, loving, caring............. so on. Thanks brothers and sisters.

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  • Balakrishna T.Shetty, Palladakody/M'lore/Riyadh

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Hats off to you all my Christian relatives. Yes it was our Kudla, it is our kudla and it will be our kudla for ever.

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  • Mario Andrew Rodrigues , Mumbai / Goa

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Yes, This is something good. INDIANS are known to celebrate all festivals. This is the way. Lets grow up , study, celebrate, attend weddings, pray, visit the sick, lift the poor, travel , work , holiday, TOGETHER. This is so much possibly in great INDIA where we can find occassion 365 days. PEACE & HARMONY to one and all.

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  • krishnanarayana, Puttur

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Hats off to the organisers. We need more fuctions like this to build up religious harmony

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  • Steve,

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Manglorean Catholics & my fellow brethren you proved it. May GOD bless you all for the right move...

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  • Satish Kunder, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    This is what the Mangalore I have seen few decades back. Mangaloreans are known to celebrate the festivals like Dassara, Deepavali, Christmas, Urus together as one religion. Let us be all one and defeat the designs of the communal forces which is doing everything (with the support of state government) in dividing the closely knit communities in Mangalore.

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  • Hilary Tellis, Kuntalpadi, Bahrain

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    This is what chritianity, Few will try to divide you.. but christian, Hindus, Muslims of Mangalore always come together... no one can divide us... Polititicians do your job properly.. don't try to break our relation.

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  • vincent, Kayyar, magalore, kuwait

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    GREAT NEWS thanks very much daijiworld. we should do like this. we are not enemy all hindu and muslims are our brothers and sisters. We all are Mangloreans, why should we need fights. we need love. Lets start to convert religIon of humanity. lets spread love of our humanity. If any one hates us, lets love them, fights only end with the great love of humanity.

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  • Rajesh Kumar, Mangalore/Riyadh, KSA

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    This is what need of the hour.. instead of dividing let us Unite. If every mangalorean community starts respecting each other's faith.. there will be PEACE forever..

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  • Siddarth, mangalore

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Congragulations Konkani Yuva Awaz . This is exactly what we needed . I am sure the positive energy shoul spread fast and bring peace to every one .

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  • Lokesh Shetty, mangalore/Abu dhabi

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Now this is why I call my MANGALORE is great. Good woork guys let us show the world only Love can defeat all the evils in this world, Mangaloreans you ROCK.

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  • Shaun, Mangalore

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Kudos to the organisers and the participants This shows that after what has happened in the past there are people in mangalore who still want to live in peace and spread the word of love and humanity. This is what will keep us united.

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  • Jagdish Narayan, Bajpe.UAE

    Wed, Oct 15 2008

    Great News. This is core strength of Harmony and Amity. I think this is the right initiative for good move, Whoever has taken GOD Bless them. Nice to see this kind of Things happenings in our LOVELY Mangalore. Cheers

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 14 2008

    Let us all be one, which ever faith we are from. Good work Konkani Yuva Awaz and all the participants.

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