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ISRO chairman advocates for libraries in temples to attract youth

Speaking after receiving an award instituted by the Sree Udiyannoor Devi Temple here, Somanath said temples should not only be places where elderly people come for nama japa (chanting the name of God), but they should also become places for 'transforming society.'
Last Updated : 18 May 2024, 11:03 IST
Last Updated : 18 May 2024, 11:03 IST

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Thiruvananthapuram: ISRO Chairman S Somanath on Saturday advocated for setting up libraries in temples, stating that such an initiative would help attract youngsters to places of worship.

Speaking after receiving an award instituted by the Sree Udiyannoor Devi Temple here, Somanath said temples should not only be places where elderly people come for nama japa (chanting the name of God), but they should also become places for 'transforming society.' He urged temple managements to work towards attracting youngsters to temples.

"I expected youngsters in large numbers at this award presentation ceremony, but somehow their numbers are considerably low. Temple managements should work towards attracting them to the temples. Why not set up libraries in temples?" he asked after receiving the award from former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair.

He said that such an initiative would help attract youth to temples where they could read, discuss various issues in the evenings, and develop their careers.

"If the temple managements work in that direction, it would bring big changes," Somanath said.

Former Chief Secretary K Jayakumar and V K Prasanth MLA were among the dignitaries who attended the function.

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Published 18 May 2024, 11:03 IST

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