Ravidassias assert identity, display new Granth in shobha yatras

Ravidas
Two years after announcing the founding of Ravidassia religion by Dera Sach Khand Ballan, the community members have finally started asserting themselves socially and theologically as was evident during the Shobha Yatras the community memmbers took out on Monday in Doaba region on the eve the 635th birth anniversary of Guru Ravidass.

For the first time ever, their new granth (holy book), Amrit Bani, which contains 240 hymns of Guru Ravidass, was made a part of the Shobha Yatras. The community had a few days back installed Amrit Bani Granth at the Guru Ravidass dham in Buta Mandi area of Jalandhar.

Earlier, on January 30,2010, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Guru Ravidass, the Dera Ballan had announced the formation of the new religion - Ravidassia- in Benaras. The move had come days after the killing of its deputy head Sant Ramanand in May 2009 at a temple in Vienna by some Sikh radicals.

President of newly-formed Begumpura Lok Party and a supporter of the new religion, Satish Bharti, said that the copies of the Granth was put on display during the Shobha Yatras to assert that the community members are firm believers of the new religion.

It may be noted that in Doaba region - comprising of Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Nawanshahr - more than than 45 per cent population belong to Dalit community, a majority of whom are now following the new religion.

It may be noted that the Dera had earlier tried to postpone installing the Amrit Bani Granth by replacing the Bir of Guru Granth Sahib for the last two years. This even as the religious sect had even announced a separate symbol, `Har' and a new greeting - Jai Gurudev- to wish each other.

Now that the Granth has been installed, sources said that the Dham has now two granths as the Bir of Guru Granth Sahib has not been removed.

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