THOUSANDS of followers of a renowned Indian spiritual leader are expected to gather in Rome to listen to his religious discourse at the end of this month.
Pujya Morari Bapu will hold his Ram Katha from June 28-July 6 in the vicinity of Vatican City.
Organisers said they expect up to a thousand tourists daily throughout the nine-day recital as followers from all over the world will travel to the holy city.
This will be Pujya Morari Bapu's first katha in Italy, according to the Lady Popat Foundation, a UK-based international charity that is holding the event.
The spiritual leader is famous for his Ram kathas, or recitals from the Hindu epic Ramayana. While narrating the kathas, Pujya Morari Bapu explains the values and virtues of the Ramayana's central characters and how followers can adapt them in their daily lives.
“Morari Bapu's Ram Katha is known for the key universal message of truth, love and compassion.
“Bapu is an admirer of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and wishes to hold a katha so that he and many other Hindus have a greater understanding of the similarities of Catholicism and the teachings of Christ with Hinduism,” the Lady Popat Foundation said. The organisation supports projects related to health, housing, sanitation, education and micro finance in the UK, India and Africa.
The event will be broadcast on Aastha TV.