Udupi, Nov 24: The three-day Dharma Sansad organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad was inaugurated on Friday morning in the presence of hundreds of seers and sages from across India. Pejavar mutt seer Sri Vishwesha Thirtha Swami formally inaugurated the event by lighting a lamp.
A Shobha Yatra of sants and sadhus from Rajangana in Sri Krishna Mutt to the convention venue at the Royal Garden near Kalsanka marked the beginning of the event.
RSS Sarsangchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Pejavar Mutt seer Sri Vishwesha Thirtha Swami and Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr. Veerendra Heggade led the Shobha Yatra. Suttur mutt seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami and Adichunchanagiri Mutt seer Nirmalanandanatha Swami also took part.
In his address, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International Working President, Pravin Togadia, said that the administration of Hindu temples by the government is against the Constitution and an insult to the secular ethos of the country.
He called upon the seers to fight towards freeing government control over temples. “Let the government, which controls temples, try to control a mosque or a church," he said.
He also stressed the need to work out a strategy towards implementation of ban on cow slaughter.
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.
Dharma Sansad: Togadia asks govt to control mosques and churches instead of temples