Sri Lanka: Nandi flag hoisted to fend off missionaries

Sri Lanka, conversions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Tamil minority,M K Sachithananthan, Nandi Flag, Siva Senai

Sri Lanka is seeing a widespread discontent over the way some religious missionaries are going about targeting Tamil Hindu houses for conversions. To warn the missionaries, a Nandi flag was hoisted by the Sri Lankan Hindu group ‘Siva Senai’s founder, M K Sachithananthan and his companions.

Siva Senai was formed last year in Sri Lanka to challenge these conversions.

The flag bearing the picture of Nandi, an important figure in Shaivism, was hoisted on 19th November by the activists at 60 feet height at Chettikulum A14 highway.

The activists have announced this as the holy Shiva land and warned other religions on attempting any conversion activities.

A total of 156 houses had got their Nandi flags flying atop their properties now.

At Mukanthankulum in Chettikulum division, the Nandi flags were hoisted before every Hindu house while the family members sang holy Thevaram or Shiva hymns in Tamil.

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The Hindu activists also put up posters asking the Hindus to from now on vote only for the Hindu candidates. The next project of Nandi flag is being planned at the Selvapuram, Mannar. There has been a widespread belief in the Hindu communities of the area that they are getting a rough deal and have become a prime target of conversions. The lack of Hindu leadership in these areas is also becoming a major point of discontent. These activities are likely to gather even greater pace in the future.

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