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New board members announced

Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan: The Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan (HDSB) yesterday announced its new committee members, coinciding with Shivaratri, the birth anniversary of Lord Shiva.

The nine members are Dr  PL Nirola (president), Pandit Madhav Adhikari, Pandit Tulsiram Bhandari, Dewan Tamang, DB Sinchuri, BL Gurung, Bedu Prashad Sharma, Geeta Sharma, Hari Pradhan, Dr Lok Nath Subedi and Ms Kaushila Pradhan.

The first set of board members completed its three-year term last December.

“The first HDSB committee had 14 members, which is now reduced to nine,” the Samudaya’s executive director, Dipendra Giri, said, adding that it would be easier to conduct meetings, as all the nine members are from Thimphu.  Earlier, there were members from other dzongkhags, who found it difficult for them to attend meetings in Thimphu.

HDSB formed its first committee in September 2009, after it got its certificate of registration from the chhodey lhentshog (commission for religious organisation), on May 31 the same year.

Article 5 of the article of association of HDSB states that it will function as nodal agency for Sanatan Dharma and its religious institutions, religious sites and mandirs.  It will coordinate and conduct prayers, religious discourses, meditation and yoga classes, as well as organise and celebrate the annual Durga Puja and other religious functions, festivals, and events for peace and well being of the king, country and people of Bhutan.

The HDSB aims to promote Sanskrit pathsalas, where needed, to meet the needs of the community for pundits and purohits (lams and chhops) in performing religious rites and pujas, and to facilitate higher studies on philosophical aspects of Sanatan Dharma and Buddhism.

It will also promote religious harmony and strive to strengthen socio-cultural development and unity in Bhutan, and participate in activities of similar religious institutions at regional and international levels.

Education minister Thakur Singh Powdyel and communications minister Nandalal Rai attended the puja at the Durga temple in Thimphu, where the names of committee members were announced yesterday.

By Sangay Chedup

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