Ramleela Echoes In Pakistani Town Karachi
Date 2012/10/27 3:47:23 | Topic: Hindu Press International
AMRITSAR, INDIA, October 24, 2012 (Times of India): These days, the tiny Hindu community of Karachi in Pakistan is buzzing with the songs eulogizing Lord Rama and stories of his valor are being enacted in the Ramleelas being staged at the Swami Narayan temple.The Ramleela is being organized by Naryana Sewa Garaba Mandal and Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust (PHSWT).
"Ramleela is being staged here for decades during Navaratri which also provides an opportunity to the community members to assemble at a single place and get to know each other, and share religious feelings," said Sanjesh S Dhanja, president of PHSWT. He said that a small group of people visits houses of Hindus, mostly in the vicinity of the temple, to sing bhajans during all nine days of Navaratri.
Vijay Rattan, an employee of Greenwich University, Karachi, who has been enacting Lord Rama in the Ramleela for the past four years, said that Ramleela kept the religious and traditional values of Hindus alive and helped the younger generation to remain attached to their religion.