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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • J&K minister opposes anti-encroachment drive; J&K minister pelts stones during demolition drive
  • All opportunities being diverted to Gujarat. Nothing is given for Maharashtra by the central govt, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches a direct hotline to the state CM’s office
  • MNS workers vandalise shops, assault cabs in Vasai area, near Mumbai.
  • After nothing was allocated in the Finance bill, I decided that TDP is not going to be in alliance with the NDA govt: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time in two hours. Will be adjourned till Tuesday.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s name plate vandalised in Presidency University, Kolkata
  • Supreme Court asks Centre to visit Rohingya refugee camps after lawyer filed PIL alleging human rights violations at the camps.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh says there is nothing to fear if non-confidence motion is moved against the government.
  • Morally, BJP govt has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the state of AP, says Congress party’s Renuka Chowdhury


Lotus Temple brings all faiths under one roof

Covai Post Network

Coimbatore is not only known for its salubrious climates, but also for its peace-loving people. Keeping this in view, Swami Satchidananda had envisioned the construction of ‘Lotus Temple,’ a replica of ‘Light of Truth Universal Shrine’ in Yogaville, U.S., in his birth place, Chettipalayam.Fulfilling his dream, the Swami Satchidananda Foundation, led by its chairman K. Ramasamy, took up the work at Chettipalayam. The construction was inaugurated by Governor Dr. K. Rosiah on December 22, 2014, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Swami Satchidananda.

Spread across 2.5 acres, the Lotus Temple had altars for Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Jainism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. According to the managing trustee K. Ramasamy, the idea behind the shrine is to bring together people of all faiths under one fold since Swami’s vision was ‘ONE WORLD – ONE PEOPLE.’

The house where Swami Satchidananda was born and brought up has been preserved in its old form even while giving a facelift to the tiled roof house. Swami’s statue in sitting posture greets visitors to his ancient-styled house with an open verandah in the middle.

Witnessing ‘Lotus Temple,’ when completely lit, is a feast to the eyes. Tourists from all over visit the temple. College students offer voluntary services in the evenings, to explain about the exhibits at the inter-faith shrine.

TNSTC has extended some of the route buses from Podanur to Chettipalayam Lotus Temple for the convenience of public.