Dec, 27 A Hindu religious organisation of Bhutan, established in 2007, has finally opened and inaugurated its head office in Motithang on 26 December, 2009.
Hindu Dharma Samudaya Of Bhutan (HDSB), according to one of the online news portals of Bhutan, kuenselonline.com, is now registered with the commission for religious organisation. As understood, the organisation has a non-profit, non-political and non-governmental foundation and is entrusted with performing all the religious rites associated with Hinduism.
Its members said through a press release, “The organisation aims to promote peaceful co-existence, compassion and reverence for all sentient beings in all segments of Bhutanese society,” adding, “HDSB shall also promote the spiritual practices and traditions of Sanatan dharma in harmony with the national ethos so as to foster and strengthen human values”.
HDSB is believed to play a pivotal role in maintaining and strengthening Sanatan Dharma (Traditional Religion) and religious institutitons, mandirs and other sacred sites of Hindus in Bhutan. Learned from the executive director of the organisation, Dipendra Giri, its other functions will be to co-ordinate and conduct prayers, religious discourses, meditation, yoga classes; anual celebration of Durga puja and other festivals, research and studies in Sanatan Dharma on themes common to Hinduism and Buddhism as well as organising religious workshops and seminars with the aim to developing general guidelines on Hindu religious practices as required in harmony with national ethos.
There is a need of pundits and purohits in perfrming religious functions in the community. The organisation will aslo work to solve the need of these personnel while facilitating higher studies on philosophical aspects of Sanatan Dharma and Buddhism and extending assistance to disadvantaged groups in the society.
It is noteworthy whether the ruling dynasty will help Hinduism grow in this tiny himalayan nation whose ruler has declared Buddhism to be the one and only state religion of Bhutan. The world has witnessed a gross violation of religious rights in Bhutan and now there is no alternative than to wait and see what the time brings forth in the realm of religious telerance and religious freedom in the nation.
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