Udupi: Protection of Cows should be Beyond Religion and Caste – Pejwar Swamiji during ‘Go Sammelan’

Udupi: The Four–day long Go Sammelana to focus on the need to preserve and protect Indian cow breeds organised by the Paryaya Sri Kaniyoor Math was inaugurated at the Rajangana here on October 4.

The Sammelan began with an invocation, Sammelan Committee presdient Balaji Raghavendra Acharya welcomed the gathering. Shri Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math inaugurated the Go Sammelan by lighting the lamp.

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In his inaugural message Shri Vishweshateertha Swamiji said that the conservation of cows is the duty of all; protection of cows should be beyond religion and caste. Every person who receives the benefits from cow is entitled to protect it.

Shri Vishwaprasanna Theertha Swamiji of Pejawara Math said that every individual is benefited from cow in their day-to-day life. Every villages should construct go shalas to conserve cows. We need to educate people through go shalas.

Shri Vidyasagar Theertha Swamiji of Shri Krishnapura Math said that we have encroached lands reserved for cows for grazing. We have also stopped rearing cows in homes, cows give us milk which nourishes us.

Shri Vidyavallabha Theertha Swamiji of Kaniyoor Math presided over the programme. CMC President Yuvraj, Prabhajancharya, Sunil Mansingh, Srikanth Siddlingaraje Urs and others were present.

K M Udupa delivered the vote of thanks, Gopalacharaya compered the programme.

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  1. from Sudipto Mondal

    The polarising events of those years propelled one man from the region onto the national stage – the seer of the Udupi Pejawar Mutt, Vishveshwara Theertha Swami. A disciple of the second RSS chief MS (Guruji) Golwalkar, the soft-spoken pontiff, now 84, is seen by many as the man who laid the foundation for the Sangh in Coastal Karnataka.

    In 1969, Theerta organised the first ever state-level conference of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Golwalkar was the chief guest at the event, which also saw the participation of many Congress leaders of the time. Four years earlier, in 1965, the then Mysore Maharaja and founder President of the VHP, Jaya Chamrajendra Wodeyar Bahadur, had organised the third national executive meeting of the outfit at his summer palace.

    During an interview at his Bangalore ashram on Wednesday, Theertha recalled those days fondly and said, “When he came to Udupi in 1969, Guruji praised me in front of 65,000 people for helping the Mysore Maharaja with the national executive meeting.”

    He said that before the 1960s, the Sangh barely had any presence in coastal Karnataka. “Cows were being slaughtered by thousands but nobody was speaking out against it. That’s when we started the VHP to take up this issue seriously.”

    Police records from the 1960s show that it was a period when a series of attacks were launched against Muslim cattle traders. The years of the Emergency added further heft to the VHP with many Congress and even some young Left leaders joining its ranks. This was also the period when the VHP started spreading its footprint to other regions of Karnataka such as Hubli-Dharwad, Raichur and Bagalkot.

    But for some, even the VHP was too soft. By the late 1970s, the Hindu Yuva Sene took on the responsibility of cow protection in the coast. This group made way for the even more militant Hindu Jagarana Vedike in the 1990s. And the Gujarat riots of 2002 allowed the Bajrang Dal to replace the Jagarana Vedike to spearhead the Hindutva movement in coastal Karnataka.

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