Various Hindu ashrams and prominent monks in Kerala have formed the Kerala Dharmacharya Sabha (KDS), a forum to form an authoritative opinion on all issues confronting the community. The body has a 23-member executive committee comprising swamis and priests.
A meeting held in Kochi was attended by representatives of leading ashrams and institutions. Swami Chidananda Puri of Advaithashramam in Kozhikode was elected the KDS chairman, while Mullappally Krishnan Namboodiri of Tantric Vidya Peedhom in Aluva was elected general secretary.
“The sabha would have deliberations on all issues affecting the Hindu community, including issues related to temple rituals, and would have a unified view on them. When issues like the entry of young women at Sabarimala emerges, there should not be different opinions from Hindu acharyas. We have representatives from all leading ashrams and scores of sanyasis have extended support for the initiative," said Mullappally Krishnan Namboodiri.
“Extreme progressivism and anarchism have joined hands to alienate generations from culture. There is a tendency to infiltrate into minds which are culturally vulnerable. The Sabha would have an action plan to instill courage in children and adults to resist such intrusions,” a statement issued by the organisation said.
It said the sabha would undertake the task of uniting and leading the Hindu community in an organised manner by ensuring social harmony, irrespective of caste or creed.