Let a lakh dalits, tribal visit Tirumala every year

  • Hanuman Chowdary finds fault with governments
  • Asks why spend TTD money on non-Hindu institutions
  • Send Hindus to Amranath, Mana Sarovar on pilgrimage

HYDERABAD: Stating that conversions and intense campaigning by other religions pose a great danger to the very existence of Hindhu dharma, Bharatiya Dharma Rakshana Samakhya (BDRS) has demanded that Endowments department, State and Central governments initiate special measures immediately for protection of Hindu dharma and culture.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Samakhya convener Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary and secretary Rambhatla Sudheesh questioned the wisdom of secular governments for taking only Hindu temples under the purview of the Endowments department and leaving churches and mosques to their religious leaders. Forcible religious conversions, vigorous campaigning to woo Hindus by other religious leaders were taking place dealing a huge blow to the Hindu dharma, the rulers were causing great harm to the Hindhu dharma by spending revenue of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam for the development of the non-Hindu institutions.

The Samakhya leaders bemoaned that while the rulers-that-be were chanting secularism and saying that all communities and religions were equal in the country as enshrined in the Indian Constitution, the rulers-that-be were spending Rs 1,000 crore of public money every year for sending Muslim minorities to Mecca on Haj pilgrimage and Christians to Jerusalem by creating several concessions, but the governments were not caring and thinking of sending Hindus to any one of the Hindu shrines on par with them.

“Under the circumstances, the Bharatiya Dharma Rakshana Samakhya has come forward to fight for justice and protection of the majority community. We demand that the TTD and the Endowments department provide darshan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy at Tirumala with all facilities to one lakh Dalits and Girijans every year with the money earned from the Hindu devotees in the form of offerings and Hundi collections”, Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary and Rambhatla Sudheesh demanded. They demanded that the TTD and Endowments department provide all facilities to 25,000 Hindus every year to visit Amarnath and 10,000 people to Mana Sarovar on pilgrimage.

The BDRS leaders also demanded that the government construct places of worship in every Dalit colony, girijan hamlet and slums according to the wishes of the local population and appoint Archakas with a monthly salary of Rs 5,000 besides releasing Rs 50,000 to each temple for maintenance. They also suggested to the government to establish Saraswati Vidyalayas in every village and arrange religious discourses like Harikathas  and so on.

Former director general of police Aravinda Rao, former Home secretary K. Padmabhaiah, senior journalist Potturi Venkateshwara Rao and others were present. (NSS)

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