VELLORE, January 21, 2016
Fifteen Dalit Christians belonging to five families were ‘re-converted’ to Hinduism at a ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming) ceremony near Latheri, Katpadi on Tuesday evening.
The ceremony, organised by Hindu Munnani, Vellore, was conducted at an Amman temple in Chengimottur.
Residents of Adi Dravidar Colony
The five families were residents of the Adi Dravidar Colony, Chengimottur, Latheri. The families were primarily involved in agriculture.
“This is the first ‘ghar wapsi’ ceremony to be organised in Vellore district. These persons had converted to Christianity nearly eight to 10 years ago. They were re-converted to Hinduism during the ceremony,” said K. Magesh, zonal president, Hindu Munnani, Vellore.
He disclosed that Hindu Munnani’s branch committee in the area had got in touch with the family members and spoke to them about returning to their “mother” religion. “They also expressed the desire to return to Hinduism. So, we arranged a ritual that was attended by several villagers,” he said.
Hindu Munnani’s State organiser K. Bhaktavachalam was present on the occasion.