Mangalore, June 24: Several young boys were initiated to chanting of the ‘Gayathri Mantra' amid Vedic rituals as part of a ‘Samuhika Upanayanam' ceremony organised under the aegis of Shree Krishna Dharmopayana Samithi here on Sunday.
The mass thread ceremony organised at Shree Krishna Kalyana Mandir in the city was the 43rd annual event. The devotees recited Mantra on the occasion.
The ‘Samuhika Upanayanam' was conducted mainly for the benefit of young boys hailing from families below the poverty line.
Organisers said that the registered participants took part in the ritual along with their parents. The participants did neither have to bring any items required for the event, nor had to pay the ‘Sambhavana' to the ‘purohits' conducting the event.
“The young boys were initiated to Gayathri Mantram to enable them explore the spiritual knowledge as per the Vedic tradition for universal well-being,” they said.
The thread ceremony was followed by a religious discourse on ‘Gayathri Mahime’.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Prof M B Puranik, former president of Kannada Sahitya Parishad Harikrishna Punaroor, working president of Samithi Aroor Prabhakar Rao, Treasurer Shubhanada Rao and Secretary Sudhakar Rao Pejawar were present among others.