Saturday, December 20, 2014
Over 500 to embrace Hinduism in Valsad of Gujarat: VHP
SURAT: Vishwa Hindu Parishad will hold ghar vapasi (religious conversion) event on Saturday in remote tribal village Arnai of Kaprada taluka in Valsad district of Gujarat. VHP claimed that around 100 families are to participate in the event. More than 500 individuals will convert to Hinduism from other religions, VHP office bearers claimed. Total 150 families participated in Ghar Vapasi event in Barumal village of neighbouring Dharampur taluka in November. For the event a samiyana has been erected in the village Arnai. Around 150 office bearers and volunteers of VHP were actively working in Kaprada taluka to organise the event in December. Sources claimed that the event has been intentionally scheduled around Christmas and New Year celebrations. To avoid any tension in the region police are keeping close watch on the event and related activities. At the event a yagna will be performed in presence of the participating families. Each participant will be given one photo of God Ram and a Rudraksh Mala. "The participating families will be given only a photo and a Rudraksh Mala. Ganga jal will be sprinkled on them to purify them during the yagna," said Ajit Solanki, secretary of Valsad district VHP and regional in-charge of VHP's Dharma Prasar Samiti. "Preparations were on since last few weeks to organise the event. We held similar event in November and 150 families returned to Hinduism. We organised religious lecture and Bhajan events in past few weeks to educate the locals that they were originally Hindu," said Solanki. "We are keeping close watch on the event organised. So far there is not disturbance in the area," said Nipurna Toravane, superintendent of police, Valsad.