As many as 140 members of a total of 28 families who were earlier converted to Christianity under influence of certain groups or individuals are reverted to Sanatan in a ‘Gherwapasi Ceremony’ held in the heart of Surguja district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, December 30.
According to the information received, a ‘Sant Sammelan’ along with a ‘Vishva Shanti Mahayajna’ was organized on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of revered social reformer and founder of Arya Samaj, Swami Dayanand Sarasawati, where hundreds of returnees who had earlier adopted the Christian religion are reverted to Sanatan.
“Those who are converted are basically Hindus and it is our paramount duty to bring them back to their bona-fide religion, Gherwapasi is my soul”, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State Secretary and Akhil Bhartiya Gherwapasi Abhiyan Pramukh, Prabal Pratap Judev who welcomed the returnees by washing their feet with the holy Gangajal.
“We will not let the impasse of tearing us apart from our ancestors to succeed for sure and the Gherwapasi campaign will go forward with all might”, informed Judev in a tweet on the social media platform X.
" धर्मांतरित मूलतः हिंदू ही हैं जो अपने हैं उन्हें उनके मूल धर्म में वापस करवाना हमारा कर्तव्य है घरवापसी मेरी आत्मा है "
– प्रबल प्रताप सिंह जूदेव
धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः 🚩🙏🏻
माँ महामाया की पावन धरा पर अंबिकापुर (छत्तीसगढ़) में 30/12/23 को आर्य समाज के संस्थापक महर्षि… pic.twitter.com/itKbMgEU5J
— Prabal Pratap Singh Judev (@prabaljudevBJP) December 31, 2023
8 families reverted to Sanatan
It is worth mentioning here that a day before the ceremony held at Ambikapur as many as eight families who had earlier converted to Christianity were also reverted to Sanatan Dharma in another Gherwapasi ceremony held in Patthalgaon of Jashpur region in Chhattisgarh on Friday, December 29.
Members of Arya Samaj, Dharm Jagran and Kilkileshwar Dham Nyas were among the attendees where Prabal Pratap Judev welcomed the returnees by washing their feet in Kilkileshwar Dham, a revered Ashram in Pathalgaon of Chhattisgarh.
Taking to the X, Prabal Judev while sharing a few snapshots of the ceremony held, wrote “Dharmantaran Rashtrantan ka Mool hai” (Conversion leads to change of Country). With the blessing of Kilkeleshwar Baba, a befitting reply has been given to the anti-nationals as Gherwapasi of eight families have been done in the sacred land of Kilkileshwar Dham of Pathalgaon.
"धर्मांतरण राष्ट्रांतरण का मूल है"
– प्रबल प्रताप सिंह जूदेव
परमपूज्य 1008 किकिलेश्वर बाबा की असीम अनुकम्पा से राष्ट्रविरोधी ताकतों को मुँहतोड़ जवाब देने के लिए किलकिलेश्वर धाम, पत्थलगांव (छत्तीसगढ़) की पावन धरा में 8 परिवार के सदस्यों की "घर वापसी" हुई।
मैं संकल्पित हूं… pic.twitter.com/ZSJG5Bmvbu
— Prabal Pratap Singh Judev (@prabaljudevBJP) December 29, 2023
“I am determined and will continue to do Gherwapasi to protect the Sanatan Dharma all my life”, said Judev, a scion of Jashpur royal family while thanking the organisers of the ceremony.
101 families reverted to Sanatan
It is to be noted that earlier members of as many as 101 families were officially re-instated into the Sanatan fold after they were welcomed by the workers of the Dharm Sena, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and Arya Samaj in a Samaj Pramukh Samman Sammelan organised in Korba district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, December 24.
The programme which was attended by a number of heads of the respective communities who were honored by the representatives of Dharm Sena was concluded with a resolve to stop conversion and to welcome those who are willing to return to the Sanatan Dharma.
It is worth mentioning here, that a number of reports pertaining to illegal conversion has been keep coming to the fore from separate regions of Chhattisgarh since long, leading to the demand of a stringent anti-conversion law by various organisations.