Hindus demand temples to be protected
11 Jan 2009, 0000 hrs IST, TNN
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PANAJI: "Frame a temple protection law", was the demand echoed by nearly 70,000 Hindus gathered at the SAG ground at Campal on Saturday for a
meeting of the Goa Akhil Mandir Suraksha Samitti.
Over 20 bus loads of members of various Hindu organisations descended on SAG ground to hear their leaders condemn the recent series of temple desecrations in the state.
As huge crowds blocked roads that led to the ground, some buses had to be diverted.
The resolution passed at the end of the meeting also demanded that the miscreants who desecrated the temples should be arrested immediately. The leaders also warned artists not to resort to distortion of figures of Hindu gods and goddesses.
The meeting also demanded that the government ban killing of cows all over Goa and that all grants to Haj pilgrims should be stopped. The demands also included reinstatement policemen who were transferred after they arrested persons from a madrassa in Vasco.
The Goa Akhil Mandir Suraksha Samitti also asked for a new law to stop conversions. Shankaracharya Shree Vidyanarmishmabarathi Swami while addressing the crowd said that Hindus should not vote in exchange for money but only support those candidates who are willing to provide Hindus their support.
He said that Hindus will be strong only if they unite and urged the community to cast 100% of their votes.
He also called upon Hindus to follow the age old Hindu vaitik dharma. Shree Acharya Dharamendraji said, "Governments do not work if they are dealt with paper work. They have to be shown muscle power." He said that every Hindu should visit a temple at least once in 24 hours. He further said that Muslims who do not consider India their country should be isolated.
Swami Brahmeshanand of Goa said that Hindus should work towards strengthening temples.
Among the leaders present were Karveer Pithadish Jagatguru Shankaracharya Shree Vidyanarmishmabarathi Swami, Shree Acharya Dharamendraji Maharaj Swami (Jaipur Panchapithadish), Shree Vishweshthirtha (Pejawarpith Udupi) and Shree Bhrameshanand Swami (Tapobhumi pithadish).
Others present at the convention were Vishwa Hindu Parishad international vice-president Ashok Chowgule; Goa Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh head Subhash Velingkar; Hindu JanJagruti convenor Jayesh Thali; Hindu Suraksha Samitti convenor Rajendra Velingkar; Bajrang Dal convenor Vinayak Chari and presidents of other mandir samitis.