Arul Migu Thurkadevi Hindu Society, a Charitable Organization which runs a temple in Burnaby, will pull a chariot as a part of its Annual Ther Festival (Aadi Pooram) through Burnaby roads which will be closed to other traffic during the parade. Few hundred people are expected to participate in the parade, which will last few hours. Burnaby City Council has reportedly approved it.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded efforts of the organizers and Greater Vancouver community to realize this chariot parade, thus exhibiting the richness of Hinduism.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
Society’s temple complex, besides regular worship, is also used for weddings, Aathma Santhi Poojas, initiating babies to solid food, education, ear piercing, etc. Main deity is Sri Durgai Amman. K. Kumarasamy, M. Maruthamoorthy, T. Murugathasan, and K. Kokiladas are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Rajan Zed points out that ancient Hindu scripture Katha Upanishad talks about the concept of chariot, where soul is the deity, body is the chariot, and intellect the charioteer.