Mumbai : Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) conducted lectures and enlightened 1455 students from various schools in Mumbai and its suburbs on ideal manner of celebrating Ganesh Festival and about removal of malpractices taking place during this festival. Details of lectures conducted in different schools and attendance of students are given below.
Abhyudaya Vidyalaya, Kala Chowki – 135 students from 5th to 7th standards ; Shivaji Vidyalaya, Kala Chowki – 320 students from 5th to 7th standards; Mulund Vidyamandir, Mulund (W) – 950 students from 6th to 10th standards ; Vadavali Zilha Primary School, Kurla – 50 students from 6th and 7th standards
The members of HJS explained the scientific information about Ganapati, purpose of celebrating Ganeshotsava and rituals to be performed abiding by Dharma; thus awareness was created amongst students. The drive received very good response from students as also from teachers.
Sanatan Sanstha and HJS jointly organized collective recitation of ‘Atharvasheersha’ at ‘Raja Ganeshotsava Mandal’, Sayani Road, at Prabhadevi; ‘Haffkin Ganeshotsava Mandal’, Parel and ‘ Navprerana Society’, Sanpada . In all, 95 persons took benefit of this program including mainly small children and women.
HJS lectures awaken ‘bhav’ in devotees
On the occasion of public celebrations of Ganesh Festival (Sarvajanik Ganeshotsava), HJS held lectures in 12 Ganeshotsava Mandals attended by about 500 devotees awakening ‘bhav’ in them. Lectures held at 10 private residences were also attended by hundreds of devotees. The science behind worshipping Shri Ganesh, ideal manner of public celebration of this festival etc. were the topics explained in the lectures. HJS distributed 5500 handbills on the occasion of Ganesh Festival, 450 posters and more than 200 boards were displayed on ‘Dharma-shikshan’ in various Ganeshotsava Mandals.
Police create obstacles in HJS activities
HJS activists were explaining the importance of immersion of idols as per Dharma-shastra when Police Inspector (PI) Mr. Suryakant Tarade of Shivaji Park Police Station shouted at one activist and said, “You remove everything from here. I will not allow you to do anything when I am here; else I will file case against you. Have you taken permission from Police for creating awareness ? Show me the paper.” The activist said that permission was not granted although it was tried and showed him a copy of application seeking permission. Seeing that, PI said that it is not permission, you should have taken proper permission. A representation submitted to the Mayor was shown to him when he asked, “Is mayor a police?”
HJS explains why immersion should not be done in artificial water tanks
On 29th September 2012, between 5.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. at Shivaji Park, HJS activists explained to people why immersion should not be done in artificial water tanks. 13 activists of HJS held boards creating awareness amongst devotees who had come for immersion of idols. Handbills were also distributed explaining the topic. Signature drive was undertaken on the occasion in which 150 devotees put their signatures in support of HJS drive.
1. Mr. Dhananjay Thakur attending Dharma-shikshan class had joined the drive.
2. Wife of Mr. Shahsikant Nikam, although a Christian, tried to learn the science behind immersion of Ganesh idols in flowing water and appreciated HJS drive.
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat