Kochi: Leaders and monks of various Hindu sects and Ashrams in Kerala have formed the Kerala Dharmacharya Sabha (KDS) to make an authoritative representation on behalf of the community, particularly in matters that confront the community.
The KDS which has set uniting and leading the Hindu community as the aim of the Sabha is said to have the backing of Sangh Parivar, according to the sources at Kerala Hindu Aikyavedi, a united organisation of various Hindu organisations.
The meeting was held on Saturday in Kochi elected Chidananda Puri of Advaithashramam in Kozhikode as the chairman of the KDS and Mullappally Krishnan Namboodiri of Tantric Vidya Peedhom in Aluva as general secretary.
The body has a 23-member executive committee comprising swamis and priests.
The KDS will go on to make the representation of the Hindu community on issues that affect the community, including rituals such as entry of women in Sabarimala Temple, said Mullappally Krishnan Namboodiri. The KDS will strive to evolve a unified opinion on such matters in consultation with various seers and will ensure there shall not be different opinions, he added.
"Extreme progressivism and anarchism have joined hands to alienate generations from culture. There is a tendency to infiltrate into minds which are culturally vulnerable. The Sabha would have an action plan to instil courage in children and adults to resist such intrusions," the KDS statement said.
It said the sabha would undertake the task of uniting and leading the Hindu community in an organised manner by ensuring social harmony, irrespective of caste or creed.
Without referring to any incident, the KDS said the need of the hour is to recognise and respond to "atrocities" committed by the government and vested groups against Hindu deities and temples."