Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) staged protests on Saturday chanting the mantra “Hare Krishna” at their international headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal, and in 149 temples around the world against the recent attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh.
Last week, numerous Durga Puja pavilions and Hindu temples and houses across Bangladesh were attacked and vandalized, including an ISKCON center in Noakhali, and several people were killed in violence that erupted for alleged blasphemy under a marquee in Comilla.
In Mayapur, thousands of devotees and monks sang âHarinam Sankirtanâ or congregational chants during their protest and displayed signs bearing messages such as âJustice for Bangladeshâ, âProtect our temples in Bangladeshâ and â Stop the violence against the Hindus â.
They later prayed for those who lost their lives in the violence.
âISKCON devotees have participated in a worldwide peaceful demonstration of pain and sorrow by the global Hindu community, which stands in solidarity with Hindus in Bangladesh. They also called on Sheikh Hasina’s government to ensure security and justice for minorities in this country, âISKCON said. Mayapur media spokesman Subroto Biswas said.
ISKCON Mayapur co-director, Subekshana Das, a Polish devotee, flayed the attacks and demanded that the government of Bangladesh take concrete action against the perpetrators.
Similar protests were held in Calcutta, where worshipers also lit candles in front of photographs of two ISKCON members who lost their lives in the violence in Noakhali, Vice President Radharaman Das said.
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