Religious leaders unite in Kerala for a joint online prayer to beat Covid-19
KOCHI: Sanskrit hymns, Christian prayers, and Arabic chants were streamed one after another through digital media on Sunday afternoon as top religious leaders gathered for a joint prayer to overcome the pandemic.
The leaders of almost all Christian denominations, imams, muftis, Hindu scholars, sadhus, and sanyasis were among those who prayed for the world.
Swami Chithanandapuri, head of Advaithasram Kozhikode, Swami Sadbhavanandha, head of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt, Puranattukara, Swami Vishaalananda of Sivagiri Mutt, Sreemadh Vasudevananda brahmanandhabhooti, head of ThekkeMutt Thrissur and Sreemadh Akura.
Representing Islam, the prayers were led by Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, Kanthapuram A P Abubakkar Musaliar, Chief Imam of Masjid Dr. Husain Madavoor and V P Suhaib Maulavi, Imam of Palayam Thiruvanathapuram.
Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, Chief Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church, Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis, Chief Archbishop of Syro Malankara Catholic Church, Baselius II Catholicose, head of the Orthodox Church, Bishop Joseph Kariyil of Latin Catholic Church, Joseph Mar Gregorios, Trustee of the Jacobin Church, Joseph Marthoma Metropolitan, head of the Marthoma Church, Bishop Dharmaraj Rasalam, moderator of the CSI Church, and Dr. Mar Aprem, Metropolitan of Thrissur, were the leaders of the Christian denominations who joined the prayers.
Sreemadh Vasudevananda Brahmanandhabhooti recited oka Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu as his prayer. “It is a time when not only sanyasis but everyone around the world is praying to overcome this calamity. Through this prayer, we pray that good happens to everyone and that everyone stay together in peace, ”Brahmanandhabhooti said in the video broadcast at 3.30 pm on Sunday.
Kozhikode chief imam Palayam Juma Masjid, Dr. Husain Madavoor in the video, said prayer was not the sole responsibility of the faithful. “Pray well and at the same time look for a good deal. We must understand and follow the instructions of the Government and health workers who participate in preventive activities, he said.
He said a welcome message and thanked the religious leaders for coming together to pray for the world at such a critical time.
The 45-minute video was recorded in various parts of the state, edited, compiled and broadcast on Sunday at 3.30 pm through the YouTube channels of various religious institutions, in addition to television channels. Religious leaders previously called to observe this Sunday as a day of prayer.