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City takes on saffron hue

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 14:27 IST

‘HINDU SAMMELANS’ were held at 85 places in the City as part of Guru Golwalkar Centenary Year celebrations on Sunday. The congregations were addressed by a plethora of saints and attended in large numbers by locals. The sammelans were followed by mass meals, cooked from the food and funds raised from the local residents.

The City was divided into four zones for added convenience - Jagannath Dham, Dwarika Dham, Badrinath Dham and Rameshwaram Dham. The east and west parts of the City had different timings of morning and evening for the sammelans. Hindu saints including Asanganand Saraswati, Kankeshwari Devi, Jagadguru Shankracharya, Amritanand, Laxmandas, Ghanshyamdas of Dharawradham, Aishwaryanand and Swami Ramchandra Namboodripad from Kerala were amongst the many who actively participated in the ‘sammelan’.

Jain saints like Siddhantsagar Ji and Nishchalanand Ji amongst others were also present. Historians Ram Singh Shekhawat, former Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya vice chancellor Dr Umrao Singh Chaudhary and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Prant Sangathan Mantri Hukumchand Sawla also attended the programmes.

The saints and intellectuals spoke in an open discussion on several topics close to the Hindu heart. Everything ranging from conversion, internal and external security, cow slaughter, delay in hanging of a terrorist, Bangladeshi insurgency, the alleged appeasement policy of the government and high birth rate amongst Muslims were discussed. A ‘Sankalp’ (pledge) of considering the Hindu community as family and the community first and foremost was given.

Chief organiser Shailendra Jain and Sandeep Nirkhiwale told Hindustan Times that preparations for the ‘sammelan’ began months ago and activists affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) went about every Hindu household in their colonies and distributed yellow rice as a symbolic invitation. The gesture was reciprocated by donations in cash or kind and this went into funding the programme and the feast.

The City was painted saffron with flags, banners and posters covering the areas near the ‘sammelan sthal’. ‘Prachar raths’ were deployed and activist’s vehicles fluttered saffron flags. Several schools and their corresponding grounds were taken in use for holding the affair. The Divisional Joint Director education office was also not spared and a road in front of MIG police station was also half captured by the stage put up for the purpose. 

The feats being named as ‘samrasta bhoj’ drew a good response and a clear message of fighting internal evil of casteism and untouchability was sent.