Blindfolded bikers preach people against superstition in Gujarat

November 14th, 2007 - 10:18 am ICT by admin  
Porbander (Gujarat), Nov. 8 (ANI): Members of a social awareness forum on Thursday took out a rally of blindfolded motorists to dispel superstitions related to observing Kali Chaudas, the 14th day of Ashwin month of Hindu calendar, devoted to the worship of Goddess Maha Kali.

About a hundred members of the Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, a local voluntary organisation, covered their eyes with a piece of cloth to draw public attention towards prevailing blind faith and myths related to “Kali Chaudas” observed on the eve of Diwali.

“Today, we organised a rally in our city, which was basically meant to dispel all the blind beliefs regarding Kali Chaudas. Our blindfolded and masked members rode on scooters. We want to show that the stories of black spirit and ghosts are all myths,” asserted Jaichand Pandya, Chairman, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha.

Organisers enlightened the people to realise as to what is theology and not to confuse it with hoodwinking tricksters who spread superstitious ideas in the society.

Many individuals take part in yajna and Siddhi rituals performed by Tantriks (sorcerers) at crematoria at midnight on the contention of controlling spirits and gaining supernatural powers.

“I don’t believe in any kind of magic. And that is why I participated in this rally to educate my peers to dispel their fears and irrational belief regarding the festival. Riding bikes blindfolded is no magic, it is just a technique.” said Sweta Shringala, a participant in the rally.

Kali Chaudas is a day devoted to the worship of Goddess Maha Kali. It is believed that on this day Kali killed the wicked Raktavija. Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life. (ANI)

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