Ministry of Culture and Heartfulness’s Global Spirituality Mahotsav kickstarts with cultural events

Shankar Mahadevan, Kumaresh Rajagopalan and Shashank Subramanyam to ring in the biggest world congregation on spirituality with a musical extravaganza

Mumbai/Hyderabad, 14 March 2024: The Ministry of Culture (Special Cell) and Heartfulness will kickstart at Kanha Shanti Vanam, the headquarters of Heartfulness, situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad today. The event is set to witness a spiritual musical rendition by Shankar Mahadevan, Kumaresh Rajagopalan and Shashank Subramanyam

The event is being attended by spiritual leaders from all faiths and beliefs in one place at the world’s largest meditation centre. The Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, and the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Mr. Jagdeep Dhankhar, will grace the summit on 15 and 16 March respectively. The four-day spirituality summit being brought by the Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India) and Heartfulness has the theme of “Inner Peace to World Peace”. The conference aims to bring interfaith dialogues and help people of every age and every walk of life connect with spirituality in daily life.

Some of the organisations coming together for the Global Spirituality Mahotsav are the Ramakrishna Mission, Parmarth Niketan, The Art of Living Foundation, The Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Archbishop of Hyderabad, Rev Cardinal Anthony Poola, Shri Chinna Jee yar Swami Ji, The Brahma Kumaris, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Maharishi Foundation (Transcendental Meditation), Isha Foundation, International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Archdiocese of Hyderabad, Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Maharaj Akhil Bhartiya Shri Gurudeo Seva Mandal, Sant Dnyaneshwar Devasthan, Alandi, All India Imam Organization, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur and the Shri Ram Chandra Mission/ Heartfulness.

Key dignitaries include Shri Chinna Jeeyar Swami – Shri Vaisnavism Guru; Gaur Gopal Das – Motivational Speaker; Mark Milton – Education4Peace; Pir Zia Inayat Khan – Inayati Order; Abhijeet Halder – IBC; Baba Ramdev – Patanjali Yogpeeth; Mata Amritanandamayi; Harjinder Singh Dhami – SGPC; Govind Giri Maharaj – Geeta Pariwar; Dr. Imam Umer Ahmed Ilyasi – AIIO; Chinna Jeeyar Swami – Shri Vaishnavism; Sister Shivani – Brahma Kumaris; Acharya Lokesh – Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti; Rev. Anthony Poola – Archbishop of Hyderabad; Dr. Jayanti S. Ravi – Auroville Foundation; Sadhguru – Isha Foundation; Shri Shri Ravi Shankar – Art of Living; Ven Geshe Dorji – Tibet House; Swami Atmapriyananda – RK Mission; B K Mruthyunjaya – Brahma Kumaris ; Swami Chidananda – Parmarth Niketan; Shri Rakesh Bhai – SRMD – Jain; Venerable Ananda Bhante – Buddhist Monk; Tony Nader – Transcendental Meditation; Kabir Bedi – Actor; Shekhar Kapur – Actor; Venkatesh – Actor & Producer; Krithi Shetty – Actress.

The summit is slated to host various panel discussions, cultural programs associated with spirituality, an exhibition showcasing India’s spiritual history, narratives of peace, and an immersive experience for spirituality through books and music. There will also be panchakarma centres set up for those who want to avail wellness and therapeutic sessions. The role of eminent people from film, music, and sports in sensitizing people to partake in the Global Spirituality Mahotsav is also being sought, and elaborate arrangements for the participants are also being discussed.

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