Mangaluru, May 09, 2015: As per local reports, a family following the Church of South India converted to Hinduism here. The family is named as Saraswathi and her children Raji, 26, Rathi, 24, Rajesh, 23 and Rakesh, 18.
They performed a ’homa’ in the presence of Rajashekarananda Seer of Gurupur Vajradehi Mutt at Konaje, near here. The Hindu Jagaran Vedike, a right-wing group affiliated to the Sangh Parivar is said to have made needed arrangement.
Saraswathi, a Billava, married late Raju a contractor from Kerala, he is said to be no more. Saraswathi, the widow of Raju, had settled in Mucchilakodi area of Konaje about 30 yrs ago; the family lived in a Hindu neighbourhood. According to Rajesh’s statement to media, he stated that they were never aware of being Christians. He did not go to church from the time he could remember. His mother occasionally went to the Mission Church at Yeliyarpadavu. His sister was married as per Hindu rites and another sister too is engaged to a Hindu. He was concerned that they did not belong in any group and talked of the matter with people in Vedike who advised me on this course. He conformed they reconverted willingly and no pressure was present. Rajesh stated that he had been threatened by right-wing persons for being in love with a Hindu girl and that made him resolve on this course.
Pastor William Kunder, who knew the family at the church since 2006, said that the family was seen to attend church.
It is reported, Rev John Sadananda, former bishop, CSI, said that if they have chosen it on their own, there is nothing to comment. Church sources indicated that the family was in their fold. Three children were brought up in a CSI boarding home. A girl married a Bajrang Dal member and one is in love with a Hindu girl and this may have played a role in reconversion.