In the month of December 2017, FSL-India LTV Bangalore region organized a Cultural Event (CE) at Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Mysore, and Bangalore zone, under different themes.
Pondicherry: Theme: Religion: 14th December 2017: Nataraja Temple, also referred to as the Chidambaram Nataraja temple or Thillai Nataraja temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Nataraja – Shiva as the lord of dance – in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. Chidambaram, the name of the city and the temple literally mean “atmosphere of wisdom” or “clothed in thought”, the temple architecture symbolizes the connection between the arts and spirituality, creative activity and the divine.
In the afternoon, they had lunch together, after which our Coordinator had a 1-to 1-talk with the volunteers about the project and host family.
Feedback from Volunteers
* It was very nice and interesting
* It was exciting
* It was wonderful! The trip – I think it’s really useful that you conduct such days for volunteers. They see that you care and it is extremely important
* I felt happy that you answer on many of questions that have accumulated during last weeks
* I felt really refreshed
Kanchipuram: Theme: Religion: 14th December 2017: St. Thomas Mount is a small hillock located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, near Guindy. The Mount is known locally as “Peria Malai” or “Parangi Malai”. St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Christ, traveled to India after the crucifixions of Jesus, bringing the gospel to the people of India. In the afternoon, they had lunch together, after which our Coordinator had 1-to-1 talk with volunteers about the project and host family.
Feedback from the Volunteer
* The day was nice and I visited the place – it is really good. The large view of Chennai city from this place is great to see.
* Good to see the coordinator in a different place like during the cultural event. This is the good time to share all my experience very well.
* Got to know about the church history, had 1-to1 talk – it was good.
Bangalore: Theme: History: 13th December 2017: Government Museum and Venkattappa Art Gallery: Government Museum in the city of Bangalore is a storehouse of rich historical and cultural significance. Located at Kasturba Road, this prime location was established early in 1865. Encompassing a wide arena consisting of 18 galleries, with each of them housing their own special domain of interest, this museum is an apt place for history buffs and the curious to satisfy their innate quest for knowledge.
In the afternoon, they had lunch together, after which our Coordinator had a 1-to-1 talk with the volunteers about the project and the host family.
Feedback from the Volunteer
* Discussed post-colonial princely states in India
* Got an opportunity to see Indian paintings
* Got a break from the regular routine and work
* Discussed Indian historical events
* Lunch was awesome and thank you for this event
Mysore: Theme: Religion: 19th December 2017: Talakadu is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river 45 km (28 miles) from Mysore and 133 km (82 miles) from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. It once had over 30 temples, most of which now lay buried in the sand. The extant group of temples, where the eastward flowing Kaveri river changes course as the sand on its banks spreads over a wide area, is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus.
In the afternoon, they had lunch together after which our Coordinator had a 1-to-1 talk with the volunteers about the project and host family.
Feedback from the Volunteers
* Learned about the pooja rituals
* Gathering together
* Spending time together
* Discussing cultural travel places