PANAJI: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), in the backdrop of Viraat Hindu Sammelan, a mega congregation which will be held to commemorate 50 years of its establishment, said that it would strengthen its base in Goa in the near future and, with an objective to erase the stigma of untouchability in the society, would propagate common cremation ground, common temple and common drinking water source for the Hindu community.
The congregation will be held at Fatorda stadium, Margao, on March 1, from 3 p.m. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend the event.
The chairman of the reception committee for the congregation Shrinivas Dempo, addressing a press conference, said that many noted and revered figures such as Adrush Kadsiddheshwar Maharaj, Pushparaj Swami, Mukundbuwa Madgaonkar, Balmaharaj, and Swami Vigyanand, besides executive president of VHP Ashok Chowgule and Goa region in-charge of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Subhash Velingkar would address the congregation.
He informed that the VHP was formed on August 24, 1964, in the presence of revered personalities such as Swami Chinmayananda, Sikh religious leader, Master Tara Singh, then RSS chief, Golwalkar Guruji and Kanaiyalal Munshi among others. He also informed that the congregation will discuss the projects to be undertaken in Goa by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad during next 25 years.
Dempo said that the VHP is involved in many social and public welfare programmes in Goa including running orphanage, old age home, patient assistance centres, boys and girls hostels, introducing Ramayana and Mahabharata epics in schools and so on.
The national general secretary of the Satsang cell of the VHP, Dada Vedak speaking on the occasion said that a meeting was held at Sandipani Sadhanalaya, Mumbai on August 16, 2014, and a programme held at Shanmukhananda hall, the next day to commemorate the golden jubilee anniversary of the organisation.
“A number of public welfare programmes were also held to commemorate the occasion such as blood donation, eye donation resolutions, launch of environment protection project and so on,” he added.
Vedak also said that most of the people in Goa are religious-minded and hence the congregation is being held here. He stated that the congregation in Goa is one of such 1,000 congregations to be held all over the country, during the golden jubilee year of the organisation.
He also maintained that VHP will tie-up with the temple committees in Goa and in co-ordination with them will run programmes for spreading cultural values in children, protecting cows, conducting kirtans and undertaking non-forcible re-conversions.
The VHP president for Goa region, Santosh Naik was also present for the briefing.