Gangasagar mela is the biggest religious congregation in Bengal, and second in India, ranking only after the Kumbh. Millions of civilian and ascetic Hindus from across India gather at Bengal’s Sagar Island for the holy dip on the occasion of Makara Sankranti. However this year, when even the Shankaracharya of Puri attended the congregation, a very surprising attempt to distribute by the Bibles was witnessed.
A video, shared on Facebook by a Kolkata based Hindu orgnization, shows that scores of Bibles were brought to the Sagar Island under the pseudo Hinduised name of ‘Pavitra Shastra’ and ‘Notun Niyam (new rules)’.
The video shows a group of people claiming to be Hindu, distributing the Bibles under pseudo name. When a group of Hindus, as seen in the video, charged the man who was distributing the books, he admitted that it was in fact, Bible. It is yet to be known if any of actions were taken against those who were distributing religiously book on one of religion, in the holy occasion of another.
Earlier during Durga puja, various people had alleged that Christian Missionaries were distributing free Bibles outside of famous puja pandals. The Bibles that were brought for distribution in Sagar Island, were reportedly published by Gideons International, an evangelical Christian association founded in 1899 in Wisconsin.
The Gideons’ primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge. This Bible distribution is a global enterprise taking place in some 200 countries, territories and possessions. The association’s members focus on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies are printed in over 100 languages.
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