On Wednesday, around 700 tribal people belonging to 200 families who had earlier adopted Christianity, reconverted to Hinduism in a program orgnised by Hindu Dharma Jagran Sammelan at Biliya-Aslona village of Valsad district, Gujarat.
Kapil Swami, the orgniser of Hindu Dharma Jagran Sammelan said that he and his supporters were protecting Hinduism. The re-converts were made to wear a ‘Kanthi mala’ around their neck.
“We gave idols of Lord Hanuman to our brothers and sisters so that they can install them in their houses and also build a temple in their village. Around 40,000 Adivasis have become Christians in this area in the last two decades. We work to bring them back to our fold. We get support from some non-resident Indians based in the United States of America for our religious activities,” said Kapil Swami.
The event was sponsored by Swaminarayan Gyanpith, a US based Hindu organisation. Around 50 sarpanchs from nearby villages.
Amit Patel, a resident of Detroit, the US, said, “Our community in the US will support this activity. This is good initiative for the adivasi community.”
Nirlap Swami, an ascetic belonging to Swaminarayan sect, said, “Religious conversion
is a major challenge in this area. We build Hanuman temples and instill faith among the Adivasi people. We are trying to provide them basic education and also fulfill their needs.”
Suresh Kamli, sarpanch of Aslona village, said the total population of his village is around 6,000. At least 100 families, who are Christians, have built three churches in the village. They believe they would not fall ill and saved from evil spirits if they follow Christianity.”
Valsad district collector CR Kharsan said, “I am not aware of any such function. Many such functions keep taking place in many villages. However, if someone complains to us, we will take action as per the law of the land.”
(With inputs from agencies)