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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

80 Christian Tribals Families re-embrace Hinduism in Orissa

October 19, 2004, 1:35 am

ROURKELA
OCT. 17. 2004
The Hindu

In a major reconversion drive by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), as many as 336 tribals of 80 families in 11 villages under Sundargarh district of Orissa were reconverted to Hinduism at a special function in Baridia on Sunday.

Over 2,500 women in a ``kalas yatra'' arrived at the site where the tribal Christians, including 144 men, 117 women and 75 children, were reconverted to Hinduism through a ``Sudhikriya'' programme organised by the VHP. The all-India general secretary, Mohan Joshi, conducted the ``yagyan'' at the site in presence of several other top VHP leaders of the State.The reconverted persons were offered dhoti, saree and photographs of various deities after the ceremony.

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