Park Street to be renamed after Mother

A programme will be held in January to mark the occasion.
( [email protected] ) Nov 17, 2003 10:39 AM EST

Calcutta, India., Nov. 16 - From next year, the famed Park Street of Calcutta will be known as Mother Teresa Sarani. Mayor Subrata Mukherjee announced the decision formally on Sunday.

The announcement was made at the St Xavier’s College in presence of governor Viren J. Shah and Sister Nirmala.

Mukherjee said that the KMC board had passed a resolution for the renaming. A programme will be held in January to mark the occasion.

Earlier in the day, members from various walks of life joined a prayer for Mother Teresa. From Amritsar and Barrackpore to Chandernagore and Dakshineshwar, they were all there on Sunday as Jain, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Hindu spiritual leaders joined their friends from the Christian faith on the lawns of St Xavier’s College to take part in a special thanksgiving prayer and hope for the speedy canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa.

Over a thousand people including school students in uniforms, tribal women from Purulia, inmates from a home for the mentally challenged in Kharagpur, teachers, doctors and representatives of religious and spiritual trusts gathered as leaders of various faiths garlanded the statue of Mother Teresa and helped light the holy lamp. Passages were read out from the Bible, the Quran and other holy books. Archbishop Lucas Sarkar, Archbishop Emeritus Henry D’Souza, Imams of Tipu Sultan Mosque and Kidderpore mosque, head of the Golden Temple in Amritsar , representatives of Ramakrishna Mission and Sri Chinmaya Mission and sisters and brother of the Brahmakumaris attended the ceremony.

David Nahoum and Tina Mehta represented the Jewish-Parsi community, while the Armenian Church sent a representation of several students. The Mahabodhi Society and the Jain Temple Society also paid their homage.

The morning began with a welcome dance followed by the garlanding, with sister Nirmala leading the way.

“We have all assembled here to pay our homage to Blessed Mother Teresa and to remember the Mother Teresa we knew in our own way. Moreover, this is an all faiths meet of sorts to send out the message that Mother lived for," said one of the speakers, representing the Sikh community.