Today, the nation is united in prayer and anticipation for the Chandrayaan lunar mission. If successful, India will join the ranks of the United States, Russia, and China as the fourth country in the world to achieve this remarkable feat. Distinguishing itself, India will be the sole nation to execute a landing on the Moon’s South Pole.
In a demonstration of their dedication, ISRO Chairman Somnath paid homage to the divine by participating in temple rituals in Bihar, invoking blessings for Chandrayaan’s triumph. The quest for success extends to various corners of the country, with rudrabhishekam being performed in a Bhopal temple and a havan conducted at Kamakhya Temple in Varanasi.
Religious ceremonies reverberate across Mumbai and Varanasi, underscoring the spiritual connection that resonates with the mission’s aspiration. Srikanth Chunduri, the founder of Agnirva, an organisation of space enthusiasts, orchestrated a “watch party” at a popular Bangalore restaurant to collectively witness the mission’s landing.
Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is fully engaged in the occasion. The Science and Technology Council extended an invitation to over 2,000 school students to witness this “historic moment” on a grand screen. Notably, the Council has also arranged enlightening talks by ISRO scientists. The event will be broadcast live across 33 district community science centres within Gujarat.
The cultural ministry of Kolkata joins in the celebrations, organising a “Science Party” to commemorate the mission’s strides. As the country unites in spiritual and celebratory fervour, the Chandrayaan mission takes on a transcendent significance, embodying India’s pursuit of scientific excellence on the global stage.