Sarva Dharma Sammelan

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Sarva Dharma Sammelan (Meeting of all faiths) is an assembly organized in several places in India. It is generally organized by the Jain community,[1] since it confirms with the anekanta principle of Jainism.

The best known meeting is held at Dharmasthala every year,[2] where it has been held since 1932. It is organized by Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala led by Veerendra Heggade.

Other Sammelans have been held at Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Jabalpur, Bangalore etc.

The philosopher Osho started his public speaking at the annual Sarva Dharma Sammelan held at Jabalpur since 1939, organized by the Taran Panthi Jain community, in which he was born. He participated from 1951 to 1968.[3]

A Sarva Dharma Sammelan serves to support the view that all religions can coexist in harmony,.[4][5]

In 2004, at the 72nd Sarva dharma sammelan at Dharmasthala, the key speakers included:

  1. Karan Singh, former Union Minister
  2. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra
  3. The Union Minister for Energy, P.M. Sayeed,
  4. Aralumallige Parthasarathy, Dasa Sahitya scholar
  5. M. F. Saldanha, former Justice of the Bombay High Court
  6. S. Jeetendra Kumar of Bangalore
  7. Revenue Minister, M.P. Prakash.

At the 2005, the following participated at the Chennai Sarva Dharma Sammelan:[6]

  1. Acharya Shri Mahapragyaji's disciple, Sadhvi Animasriji
  2. Sadhvi Animasriji (Terapanth Jain sect),
  3. Brahma Rishi Guru Anand from Tirupati,
  4. Kazi Mufthi Dr. Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Government Chief Kazi,
  5. Father Vincent Chinnadurai, Santhome Communication Centre,
  6. Giani Pratipal Singh, Sri Gurunanak Sat Sangh,
  7. Ven. M. Ratanajothy, monk in charge of Buddhist Temple, Kundrathur,
  8. Rajayogini Brahma Kumari Shantha, Regional Director, Prajapita Brahma Kumaris
  9. Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali, Prince of Arcot

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  1. ^ "Sarva Dharma Sammelan resolves to form unity chapter, Hindu, Oct 03, 2005". 2005-10-03. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Sarva dharma sammelan' from Tuesday Dec 05, 2004". 2004-12-05. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ Smarika, Sarva Dharma Sammelan, 1974, Taran Taran Samaj, Jabalpur
  4. ^ "Kunjargiri: Of Sarva Dharma Sammelana and solidarity". 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Work for peaceful India, parties urged". Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Sarva Dharma Sammelan resolves to form unity chapter". 2005-10-03. Retrieved 2012-04-24.