ISKCON holds protest by lighting candles, VHP, Bajrang burn effigy of Hasina against Bangladesh temple attack

ISKCON holds protest by lighting candles, VHP, Bajrang burn effigy of Hasina against Bangladesh temple attack

Biswabrata Goswami

KRISHNAGAR, 18 OCT: Several Hindu religious organizations on Monday took to the street in Nadia to protest against the massive vandalisation of Hindu temples, Durga puja pandals and killings of devotees in Bangladesh.

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Hundreds of workers and supporters of BJP, Hindu Sanghati Manch, Viswa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal took out protest rallies in Krishnagar demanding strict action against the perpetrators. The VHP and Bajrang Dal protesters also burnt an effigy of the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for failing to protect Hindus in Bangladesh.

They also submitted a memorandum before the Superintendent of Police, Krishnagar Police District.

Thousands of devotees gathered at the global headquarter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Mayapur protesting of the killing of three devotees and destroying the statue of His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, founder Acharya of ISKCON in Bangladesh by an unruly mob of 200 perpetrators.

The devotees also continued protest for about two hours by lighting candles and torches. They sang kirtans to the accompaniment of ‘khol kartal’ and chanted ‘Hare Krishna’.

Hundreds of devotees from different Goudiya Maths of Nabadwip also joined the protest with the Iskcon devotees.

Meanwhile, thousands of Iskcon devotees from 68 countries condemned the gruesome act and appealed to the Bangladesh government to take strict action against the perpetrators. The Co Director of ISKCON Mayapur Subekshana Dasa said that in Mayapur people of different communities live together and participate in each other’s festival with enthusiasm.

In fact it must be recollected that ISKCON Mayapur had been organising interfaith get together at regular intervals to uphold the spirit of universal brotherhood added Subroto Dasa, media spokesperson of ISKCON Mayapur.

“We have lakhs of devotees from all over the world from different ethnic, religious, nationalities and we embrace everyone with love that is our philosophy and if our devotees are attacked it’s an attack on the fabric of humanity” added Dasa. 

The devotees at Mayapur performed Kirtan, holding plackards protesting the killings and a  Shanti yagna was organized as a prayer for global peace and harmony.

Tags: #ISKCON #Mayapur #BangladeshViolence #VHP #Bajrang

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