A way of belonging, a reawakening of id, and a resolve to fight exterior onslaughts…these had been the evident consequence of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Gor Banjara and Labana Nayakada Samaj Kumbh 2023 that passed off in Godri (Jamner, District, Jalgaon) in Maharashtra from January 25 to 30, 2023.
The Banjara group, recognized for its nomadic residing, vibrant attires and vibrant tradition, has an excellent historical past and traditions. The group has been one of these dwellings in Bharat since time immemorial. It is named the most peace-loving however valiant group whose members have sacrificed their lives for the safety of the Dharma. However, many harmful forces are at play to take benefit of this gullible group leading to mass-scale conversion (Christianisation).
There are 11,500 Tandas (Banjara colony) of the Banjara group in the nation, of which 3,000 have been Christianised. In order to be certain that this drawback doesn’t assume a grave proportion, many saints from the group went from village to village and visited the tandas and held conferences
Swami Vivekananda stated that when a Hindu convert to one other religion, not solely is an individual lowered from Hindu society however one can be added to the enemies of the nation. This was the viewpoint via which the Banjara Kumbh was held. Stopping rampant conversion, spreading details about its tradition and traditions and elevating consciousness of the group’s historical past amongst the group members had been the goals of the program, they usually had been fulfilled to fairly an extent.
There are 11,500 Tandas (Banjara colony) of the Banjara group in the nation, of which 3,000 have been Christianised. In order to be certain that this drawback doesn’t assume a grave proportion, many saints from the group went from village to village and visited the tandas and held conferences. Planning was made for the Kumbh 4 months prematurely. Besides the holy figures from the Banjara group, saints from totally different communities from totally different states additionally participated in the Kumbh. Devotees from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and the USA thronged to the venue.
Throughout the six days of the Kumbh, a quantity of Dharma Sabhas had been held. Deliberations had been made in these conferences to consolidate the forces of the Banjara group. It was identified again and again that an assault on faith is an assault on the nation. There are seven crore Christians in the nation, and lots of of them have grow to be Christians from amongst us. It was emphasised that there had been a requirement for a separate state and separate nation wherever Christianity had elevated. A essential demand from the group members was to enact anti-conversion legislation. Moreover, consideration was additionally drawn to the makes an attempt by many to divide the Hindu religion.
Two Important Resolutions
The mélange of saints ensured that two resolutions had been handed in the Dharma Sabhas in the curiosity of banjara society. The first proposal handed unanimously stated that the temples of Balaji, Jagdamba Mata and Lord Shri Krishna could be constructed at each tanda. Every household will go to the temple in the morning and night for aarti and observe their traditions. Pictures of nice males Saint Sewalal, Pujya Ramrao Bapu and Pujya Guru Nanak Devji Sahib could be positioned in each home. Pujya Several Path could be recited usually. Gomati language could be protected and propagated.
The second decision stated that in the 75 years since independence, the Christian inhabitants had elevated ten occasions. Conversion is the cause for this enhance, and the Banjara group has been the protector of Sanatan, a Hindu society, since historical occasions. This society is turning into a sufferer of the vicious cycle of Christians. The governments of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh have enacted anti-conversion legal guidelines, and such legal guidelines ought to be carried out instantly in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Saints saved faith alive in the nation. Don’t fall into the clutches of missionaries. Beware of those that strive to distance us from Hindus. Shriram embraced the forest dwellers. We will stay Hindus and can maintain others Hindus as effectively. Next 12 months, the Ram temple will probably be accomplished on Vasant Panchami. I’ve come to lengthen an invite to you to Ayodhya. -Sant Govind Dev Giri Maharaj
The honored saint of the Banjara group Babusinghji Maharaj and Chief Priest at Poharagad, asserted that the conversion racket was energetic in 3000 Tandas in 5 states, and a big quantity of the group members has been transformed to Christianity. However, he and different saints resolved to carry all of them again to the Hindu group. He additionally stated Some individuals are spreading propaganda in society by saying that Gor Banjara is just not Hindu however a separate Gor faith. However, Gor Banjaras are an everlasting and intrinsic half of Hindu society. Some individuals are deceptive society. There are totally different castes in Hindu society, they usually have totally different customs and traditions. This doesn’t imply that all of them have separate religions. He additionally stated that All these brethren who’ve transformed after being misled in numerous states would quickly return residence. All these returning residence are welcome in Sanatan Hinduism. Every effort will probably be made to cease the conversion, and intensive efforts will probably be made to thwart the conspiracy of conversion.
Living up to his firebrand picture, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was the chief visitor in the conclusion ceremony on January 30, 2023, hit out at the conversion racketeers and spoke of the challenges arising due to spiritual conversions. He stated that there was completely no tolerance for such actions in his state. He appealed for the elimination of caste and regional discrimination.
“We have to get rid of caste and regional discrimination. We should not adopt a divisive tactic that leaves society fragmented. If we overcome bias based on caste and region, no power in the world can stop our progress. In UP, we have made a stringent law. There is absolutely no tolerance for such activities. Nobody can indulge in unlawful acts of religious coercion. If anybody is found violating the law he or she is subjected to 10 years of imprisonment. However, if some convert wants to come back, the law is not applicable (will not penalise) on such persons. He or she can again become Hindu,” Adityanath stated.
Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Fadnavis had been set to attend the occasion however couldn’t attend the occasion after their helicopter developed a technical drawback. Addressing the gathering on-line, Fadnavis stated, “The religious conversion drive undertaken by some segments is a new challenge confronting the Banjara community. The Mahakumbh is to create awareness against such conversion which threatens their rich culture and language. The Banjara’s contribution to fighting the Mughals and Britishers is well documented. When Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur was killed in Delhi, it was Bhai Lakshishah Banjara who fought the enemies to retrieve the body and carry out funeral rites.”
On the second day of Kumbh, the tricolour flag was hoisted by the President of Goseva Commission of Madhya Pradesh, Mahamandaleshwar Akhileshwaranand. The operate started with the worship of the Bharat Mata picture, adopted by the flag hoisting by Mahamandaleshwar Akheeleshwaranand. Many different programmes moreover the flag hoisting passed off at the venue. They included cultural programmes, sant pravachan and Sant Sevalal Amritleela, Devi Bhagvat, and Krishna Leela, amongst others.
Galaxy of Dignitaries
Akhil Bharatiya Dharma Jagaran Pramukh Sharadrao Dhole, venerable Mahamandaleshwar Guru Sharananand Maharaj, venerable Saint Gopal Chaitanya Maharaj, Saint Suresh Maharaj, Saint Denabhagat ji Maharaj, Saint Yashwant Maharaj, Saint Jitendranath Maharaj, Acharya Sahebrao Shastri, Mahant Sangramsingh Maharaj and Saint Raysingh Maharaj, venerable Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj,Murari Bapu, Ramdev Baba, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had been amongst the dignitaries who attended the programme.