UDUPI, Nov 24 2017: The three-day Dharma Sansad commenced in the temple town on November 24, Friday with a grand procession displaying cultural ethos of the land. Thousand of Sanths and Sadhus who have converged in the town for the Dharma Sansad also took part in the procession.
Deshikendra Swamiji of Shivarathreshwar Mutt has inaugurated the three-day ’Dharma Sansad’ organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at the specially decorated Royal Garden in Kalsanka.
RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji of Paryaya Pejawar Math, Dr Veerendra Heggade, Working President of Dharma Sansad Reception Committee and other dignitaries were brought in a procession from the Sri Krishna Math to the venue.
A large number of seers, including Swamijis of Krishnapur, Puttige, Sode Mutt, Sri Rajashekharananda Swamiji of Gurupur Vajradehi Mutt and Raghaveshwara Swamiji of Ramachandrapur Mutt took part in the Shoba Yatre.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s International Working President Praveen Bhai Togadia who delivered the key note address said there was a need for the society to practice secularism in its true spirit as enshrined in the Constitution. He also expressed his strong opposition to the management of the temples and other religious places by the government. He stated that the VHP was committed to build the Ram Temple at Ayodhya under the leadership of the Pejawar seer.
He also stressed the need to work out a strategy towards implementation of ban on cow slaughter.
Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade in his address narrated how Hinduism has stood the test of times. He also exhorted all Hindus to strive their level best to protect their religion.
Prior to the commencement of the Dharma Sansad, all the seers and the sadhus were offered a Poorna Kumbha welcome.
More than 2,000 seers saints and VHP leaders from across the country will take part in the three-day convention, during which the issues like construction of Ram temple, prevention of religious conversions, and cow protection will be discussed.
The convention will culminate with a meeting Samaj Pramukhs from across the state on November 26.