Udupi all set for three-day Dharma Samsad

Udupi all set for three-day Dharma Samsad

The three-day grand affair of Dharma Samsad will begin on November 24, with many saints joining hands to deliberate on crucial issues relating to the nation and Hinduism.

Speaking to media persons here on Wednesday, Pejawar mutt seer Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swami said that religious and traditional issues would be focused in the three-day conference. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the conference. As many as 2,000 saints have been approached. The seer of Siddaganga Mutt Dr Shivakumar Swami will attend the inaugural ceremony. Core issues are Ayodhya, the ban on cattle slaughter and the conservation of Hinduism. The seer said that as the issue of Ram Mandir is in court, there could be a possibility of the Central government and the Uttar Pradesh government, which is run by BJP, passing a Bill in favour of the temple. He said, although, the country is in the third position in the export of beef, there is a need to stop cattle slaughter completely, adding that the demand to ban cattle slaughter is not new. It exists since many decades. Even during the Morarji Desai government in 1977, Vinobha Bhave demanded a ban on cow slaughter and held an indefinite hunger strike. However, there are no fruitful results for any of the protests carried out in the past.

Categorically stating that Dharma Samsad is completely dissociated from the politics and political agenda, the seer said that the occasion would be purely the conglomeration of Hindu saints. The seers belonging to Sikh, Buddhist, Jains and Lingayats communities will be attending the conference. Vishwa Hindu Parishat always considers all the 'dharmas' introduced by the seers in the country as a fraction of Hinduism. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate Hinduism and protect it from the evils of untouchability and conversion, he added.

Meanwhile, the Dharma Samsad organising committee has informed that Union minister Uma Bharati and Sadhvi Niranjana would be participating, while Sri Sri Ravishankar and Manthralaya seer Sri Shubhudendra Theertha will participate from the Day One. VHP leader Praveen Togadia, Ashok Chowgle, Raghav Reddy, Sampath Roy will participate. The 12th Dharma Samsad will be inaugurated on November 24. The demand to make temple administration free of government control and also problems like population explosion will be discussed. In the 1969 Dharma Samsad, the main agenda was of harmony among various sects and castes in Hinduism. A podium will also be named after Narayana Guru, the seer from backward class.

Hindu Vaibhav, an expo on the various cultural and traditional facts of Hinduism, will be displayed and inaugurated on November 23.

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