Holy and religious festivals of Hindus are an inseparable part of Hindu culture ! Lokmanya Tilak proposed the concept of mass celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi with the intention of protecting the nation and Dharma. Today due to lack of Dharmashikshan (Education on Dharma), its very purpose has been forgotten. Malpractices have become prominent in the religious festivals resulting in their commercialisation. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti is striving to overcome this deterioration and to establish a band of Hindus for reinstating Dharma and protecting the nation, with the help of like-minded pro-Hindu organizations and devout Hindus.
In the past few decades efforts have been made through submission of memorandum about malpractices in the religious festivals to the administration, educating mandals celebrating religious festivals, participation in debates on television news channels, publishing periodicals and organizing discourses on the science underlying idol immersion. Today this has acquired an expansive form. Youth are getting united in large numbers with the determination to celebrate holy and religious festivals in an ideal manner. In fact this is like taking one step closer to the future Hindu nation.
Kalyan – Religious festivals are an inseparable part of Hindu life. People should celebrate religious festivals not just to entertain themselves but because it is a religious event. If we abide by Dharma, we ourselves will derive benefit from it. When speaking at a workshop on ‘Co-ordination for mass celebration of religious festivals’, organised by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti at the ‘Navjeevan foundation’ in the western region on July 29, 2018 between 5 to 8.30 pm, Advocate Vivek Bhave of Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad said that the mandals organizing mass celebration of a religious festivals have to visit various places to seek permissions from Fire department, Police and Municipal Corporation regularly, causing a lot of inconvenience to the organisers. To avoid this, all mandals should submit a joint memorandum to the Government to operationalize a ‘single window system’ to grant various permissions. Revered Shri. Modak Maharaj, founder of Sadguru Swami Samarth Seva Trust of Kalyan sent his blessing for the workshop through a message.
The programme commenced with blowing of the conch and lighting of an oil lamp. The programme was compered by Dr. Diksha Pendbhaje. Mrs. Vedika Palan explained the objectives of the workshop. Representatives of 24 mandals, 2 Hindu activist organisations and 26 devout Hindus attended the workshop. In the final session group discussion was held in which many shared both their bitter and good experiences in this regard. They also promised to bring Hindus together in great numbers through the medium of ideal celebration of Ganesh festival and also to participate in the workshops imparting education on Dharma and follow the teachings imbibed.
Only if a festival is celebrated as per Hindu culture then are
both society and the individual benefitted –Abhijit Bhojane, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti
Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak initiated mass celebration of religious festivals through the medium of which several freedom fighters were created. Today, however, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by groups only for the sake of competition. Huge amounts of money are spent in decoration from which no benefit is derived. Only if the religious festivals are celebrated as per Hindu culture, then both the society and the individuals will get benefited. Holy festivals and mass celebration of religious festivals are an inseparable part of Hindu culture is what we need to remember. Therefore its sanctity has to be maintained. Only if this is done then we will obtain the grace of God.
The time has come to perform the mission towards
Dharma unitedly through the medium of mass celebrations
of religious festivals – Girish Dhokia, President, Dudhnaka Ganeshpremi Mandal
Lokmanya Tilak had advised mass celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi to bring about unity among Hindus. Today we need to ponder whether the celebrations are happening in accordance with this objective. The country is in bad shape and Hindu Dharma is in crisis. It is time to perform the mission towards Dharma by uniting Hindus through mass celebration of religious festivals. Also let us make a resolve to worship a Ganesh idol made from clay instead of plaster of paris which pollutes water. While giving the above advice, Mr. Girish Dhokia also appealed to the audience that we should celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an ideal manner abiding by Dharma and avoiding malpractices such as singing loudly, drinking alcohol, dancing with vulgar gestures, gambling etc.
Let us take the campaign started by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti through the medium of mass celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi further, and create an ideal before the public – Bala Parab, Rambag Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal
Many religious programmes are organised by various mandals. We should maintain our culture through this medium. Festivals should be celebrated to derive happiness, but today malpractices have have engulfed the celebrations, which is indeed sad. Despite greatness of Hindu culture in the world, we need to introspect on how we celebrate the religious festivals today. The campaign launched by Hindu Janajagruti is indeed something to be proud about. The Samiti is the supporting pillar for all mandals. So let us carry forward its campaign through mass celebration of the festival and set this as an example in front of the public.
Malpractices conducted by Hindus inadvertently, due to lack of education on Dharma – Dr. Upendra Dahake, Vice-President, Bharatiya Janata Party – Kalyan City section
Malpractices are displayed by Hindus due to lack of education on Dharma. Today donations are collected forcibly like extortion. Dancing vulgarly in front of women is akin to outraging the modesty of women. Also malpractices such as drinking alcohol in the immersion procession, gambling in the hall of celebration are observed because of which the mandals are being banned. Ganapati is the Deity of intellect. So why use your intellect destructively ? We need to analyse this. Let us forget differences amongst us and unite to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an ideal manner.
Mission of awakening and protection of Dharma to be
accomplished through mandals – Shambhu Gaware, Spokesperson, Sanatan Sanstha
There is need for all of us to unite in the times to come. A Hindu nation will be formed in 2023, let us participate in its formation and contribute towards it in our capacity. Lokmanya Tilak brought together the animosity that people had against the British. Through the medium of our mandals we have to perform the mission of awakening and protection of Dharma.
The campaign of bringing mandals involved in mass celebration of festivals together is indeed praiseworthy! – Revered Shri. Modak Maharaj, Founder Sadguru Swami Samarth Seva Trust, Kalyan West
Your campaign of uniting the mandals organizing mass celebration of religious festivals is indeed excellent and praiseworthy. I too was trying to bring the mandals together. Better late than never, God is getting this mission accomplished through you about which I am extremely happy. The festivals should be celebrated in an ideal manner by educating the mandals and correcting their malpractices. I wish that Hindu culture should get safeguarded through this mission and that all mandals should get united. My best wishes and lots of blessings to you.
Today Hindus are not abiding by the Dharma. Parents are not imparting values to their children because of which this generation lacks values and code of conduct as per Dharma. If this continues then very soon we will be reduced to a minority. To change this scenario, we need to abide by Dharma. Instead of simply remaining as Hindus by birth, by following Dharma we should turn into devout Hindus. Only through this we will be able to protect the future generation and our tradition. Each one has to observe some restrictions. Only if we observe certain restrictions with respect to adiding by Dharma, then we will be able to create pride for Dharma in the next generation.