Rather than entertainment programmes, Ganeshotsav mandals should organise programmes to awaken pride in Nation and Dharma – Sadguru Nandakumar Jadhav, Dharmaprasarak, Sanatan Sanstha

‘Workshop for co-ordination of group celebration
of religious festivals’ by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti at Nandurbar

Lighting the lamp from left to right Sadguru Nandakumar Jadhav, Mr. Sunil Sonar, Dr. Narendra Patil

Nandurbar – Volunteers of some Ganeshotsav mandals collect donations by extorting money for celebrating religious festivals. In group celebration of festivals taking advantage of the crowd, obscene behaviour is displayed in front of women. Such anti-social elements should be handed over to the police. As per Scriptures the idol of Deity Ganesh should be made of clay with medium height. Instead of film songs discourses, ballads (powada), kirtans, chanting, competition of recitation of Shri Ganapati Atharvashirsha etc. and such programmes based on nation and Dharma awakening should be organised is what Sanatan Sanstha Sadguru Nandakumar Jadhav said when addressing the workshop for coordinating the group celebration of religious festivals.

The workshop commenced with blowing of the conch. Sadguru Nandakumar Jadhav lit the oil lamp to inaugurate the workshop. Mr. Sunil Sonar of Shri Baba Ganapati Mandal and Dr. Narendra Patil of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti were present. Mr. Sachin Vaidya of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti from Dhule, explained the objectives of the workshop. Then Dr. Narendra Patil provided guidance on the ‘need to celebrate a religious festial in an ideal manner from the social, national and religious perspectives’. Miss Rageshree Deshpande of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti spoke on ‘How mandals can contribute towards formation of a Hindu nation through group celebration of religious festivals’.

In all 73 office bearers and volunteers from 28 mandals and 1 organisation from Nandurbar, Navapur, Taloda and Kolda attended the workshop.

There is need for unification of Hindus for group celebration
of religious festivals – Dr. Narendra Patil, Hiindu Janajagruti Samiti

Unification of Hindus occurred through group celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi started by Lokmanya Tilak in 1894. People became aware of the pitiable condition in the country when under foreign rule. It helped a divided society to come together. Today there is need for such organisations.

After being educated by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti we reduced
unwarranted expenditure ! – Sunil Sonar, Shri Baba Ganapati Mandal

The Baba Ganapati Mandal has a hundred year old tradition of all its volunteers making clay idols of Ganapati. Due to education of volunteers of the mandal by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti the mandal reduced the unwarranted expenditure on music, gulal etc. and restricted its use to legally permissible limits and for religious rituals. The immersion procession of this mandal dances to the tune of the traditional lezim (jingling cymbals). Every mandal should celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an ideal manner as expected by Dharma.


Reactions of office bearers of the mandals

On being educated by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti we began worshipping
an idol made from clay – Dinesh Patil, President, Kunbi Patil Yuva Manch

Due to education from Hindu Janajagruti Samiti since last year we have commenced worshipping a clay idol in a religious manner. Our mandal makes an attempt to educate society through religious and social scenes and the mission of spreading Dharma. We also organise an exhibition of revolutionaries who contributed towards giving the country its freedom. All mandals in Maharashtra should make attempts so that its district becomes the forerunner in ideal celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Due to self-discipline even in the absence of police protection the procession of the
mandal moves in a disciplined manner – Pradip Mali, Kshatriya Ganesh Mandal, Taloda

In our Ganesh mandal there is self-discipline because of which participation of women is more. Since the police department is also aware of the self-discipline in our mandal even in the absence of police protection our immersion procession moves in a disciplined and obstacle-free manner.

We shall submit a memorandum to the
District Collector and Police Superintendent on August 1, 2018

A group discussion on ‘How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi ideally’ was held. Then office bearers of the mandals decided to submit a memorandum on all their problems to the District Collector and Police Superintendent on August 13, 2018. Mr. Jitendra Marathe compered the function while Mr. Raju Choudhary proposed a vote of thanks.

Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat

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