Kasaragod: At a well-organized ceremony in a private auditorium in Manikott in the district on Sunday, 500 individuals en masse pledged their allegiance to Buddhist faith.
They were given the ‘deeksha’ anointment. A large number of people from northern Kerala and Karnataka attended the ceremony. Balakrishnan, an insurance official from Echikana Madikai serving in Mangaluru, was also present.
The event was held under the aegis of the Kerala chapter of the Prabuddha Bharat Sangh.
Since it was for the first time that such a switch of faith was taking place in the district. Hence the police provided the venue with tight security.
Intelligence sources said that most of those who converted to Buddhism earlier belonged to Ezhava, Dalit, Mavilan and Yadav communities.