Hindu Dharma Samudaya of Bhutan (HSDB) announced the formation of new board members coinciding with the festival of Mahashivaratri yesterday in Thimphu.
The former board consisting of 14 members handed their responsibility to new nine-member committee amid a function in the Hindu temple of Thimphu.
Elected to the board of HSDB are Dr. P L Nirola, Pt. Madhav Adhikari, Tulasi Ram Bhandari, DB Sichuri, BL Gurung, Geeta Sharma, Bedu Prashad Sharma, Hari Pradhan, Dr. Lok Nath Subedi and Ms Kaushila Pradhan.
HSDB formally came to being in May 2009, after registering with the commission of religious organization (chhodey lhentshog). The first board was formed in September 2009 comprising 14 members.
“With nine-member board it is expected to sit for the meeting easily and frequently as required since all of them reside in Thimphu” , said Dipendra Giri, the executive director of Samudaya.
Hindu Dharma Samudaya is the nodal organization for conducting and organizing the different Hindu festivals, organizing the religious discourses, the Puranas and observing the annual Hindu Fesitvals Durga puja and Deepawali.
It aims to promote the study of Sanskrit in Pathsala wherever deemed possible and facilitate the higher level of learning philosophical magnitudes of Sanatan Hindu Dharma and Buddhism.
Education Minister Thakur S Powdyel, Minister Nanda Lal Rai attended the puja in Durga Mandir on the occasion of announcing new board members.