Thousands of devotees, including foreigners, offered prayers for world peace and communal harmony at Palakkad in Kerala on Saturday.
The five-day event is focused on prayers for universal peace. Dressed in white robes, the devotees gathered under a makeshift tent to join priests in performing a fire ritual and in praying.
"(We have) organised this Mahayagna to split the wave of darkness and to bring cinto the earth and spread this grand light of consciousness to the plight of humanity throughout the globe of the Earth," said Santosh Kumar, one of the organizers of the Mahayagna.
The congregation saw people from all religions gather under one roof and offer secular prayers for world peace.