KOTTAYAM: In yet another ‘Ghar Wapsi’ drive in Kottayam, as many as 22 persons were reportedly reconverted to Hinduism, on Sunday. The programme was conducted at Chozhiyakkad Sree Krishna Swami Temple, at Paruthumpara near here, under the aegis of Vishva Hindu Parishad district unit.
Members of as many as 11 families from Thrikkodithanam, Mammood, Chingavanam, Vakathanam, Kooroppada,Panachikkad, Kuravilangad, Kuzhimattom and Thiruvarpp area embraced Hinduism in the ritualistic ceremonies held at 10.30 am under the aegis of Vijayan Vaikom, the Archak purohith pramukh of VHP.
The ceremonies and rituals lasted for more than an hour, in which families belonging to Christian, Chermar-Sambavar and Latin Catholics, participated, according to VHP leaders.
According to K P Prakash, VHP district seva pramukh, the programme was organised as a continuation of the Ghar Wapsi programme conducted in Kottayam on Christmas. “We received numerous applications for reconversion after the Ghar Wapsi programme on the Christmas. Since it was a hurriedly conducted programme, we could include only 11 families. We will conduct another programme in the district soon for the rest of the applicants,” he said.
VHP state Dharma prasar pramukh, Sudhi Mangalamkunnu, district secretary P K Gopalakrishnan, president Balachandran Pillai, treasurer K U Laxman, dharma raksha pramukh Murali, K M Ponnunni and Unnikrishnan Ettumanoor spoke on the occasion.
The leaders said they had secured application and letter of consent from the participants prior to the programme.
This is the third incident of Ghar Wapsi programme being reported in the district. In the massive re-conversion drive held on Christmas day by various Hindu organisations including Vishva Hindu Parishad, as many as 150 persons across the state, including 63 in Kottayam were re-converted to Hinduism.
In the second incident at Karunechi Devi temple hall in Uzhavaoor, held under the aegis of Sree Ramadasa Ashram, Chenkottukonam in Thiruvananthapuram, as many as 16 persons from six families from Uzhavoor, Monippalli, Elanji, Edakkoli, Pulpara and Aalupuram had returned to Hinduism.