क्षत्रिय खटीक समाज को गौरवशाली पहचान दिलाने वाले श्री शिवनारायण बागवार जी।

मुस्लिम बहुल क्षेत्र में श्री कालिका मन्दिर की स्थापना करके बागवार जी ने क्षत्रिय खटीक समाज को उनका खोया हुआ सम्मान ही नहीं दिलाया बल्कि खटीक जाति की वीरता और कट्टरता का भी आभास कराया है। जानें क्षत्रिय खटीक समाज के लिए उनके द्वारा किये गए कार्य।

Shri Shri 1008 Shri Kalika Peethadheesh, Swami Anantanand Maharaj, Shri Shiv Narayan Singh Bagware Founder Chairman, Shri Kalika Mandir Dharmarth Nyas, Kalighat, Bhopal

Lay down foundation of Shri Kalika Mandir at the crucial period on 3rd September, 1968 in the era of Muslim culture city of Haveli type Temples with a population of 1,02,333 (Census,1981). Shri Kalika Mandir Dharmarth Nyas, Kalighat, Bhopal was created on 30.11.1975 and registered on 7th October, 1976.

श्री शिवनारायण सिंह बागवार जी

“By erecting a public shrine in a central and predominantly Muslim location – where most people would never have dared to build a temple – we proved our worth as committed to furthering the Hindu cause. As one of the most popular religious sites in the city, the temple helped improve the image of the caste. As an institution, it has facilitated the meeting of Hindus from all over the state and supported the extension of social networks through which Hindus are able to realize their growing aspirations.

A big temple of Goddess Kalika has been build up as one of the most popular religious sites in the city. The popularity of the Temple and Goddess Kali remained in the hearts of the people at large, that too; can’t be described.

A huge number of devotees are regular worshipers of Goddess Kalika. Navaratri is celebrated twice a year; once during the first nine days of the lunar month Ashvin (September/October), the second time exactly half a year later during the first nine days of the lunar month Chaitra (March/ April). The celebration reaches its peak on the ninth day. In the evening, the temple is teeming with worshippers, that it becomes difficult to even put a foot on the ground.

Devotees bring donations, attend the rituals and offer private prayers. The stream of visitor’s only starts to thin out towards midnight. After that, only the selected devotees remain to perform the fire sacrifice, which forms the climax of the festival and ends the cycle of the nine day celebration. Special arrangements are made during intervening period of two Gupt Navaratri. A number of programmes on various occasions i.e. Gudipadwa, Dushera, Shivratri, Ganesh Utsav, Janamastami, Holi, Deepavali, Independence Day, Republic Day is regular feature and celebrated at large scale.

The only restriction enforced in all temples is that women are not allowed to perform. Bagware though has reformed this rule for the Kali Temple and allowed couples as participants for the first time in 1997.” (Negotiating the Divine. Written by Dr. Ursula Rao).

The Temple consisted of Goddess Kalika, God Hanumanji, God Ganeshji, Goddess Parwati, Sri Shankar Bhagwan, Goddess Durga, Goddess Shitla and God Kaalbhairava. Golden Shikhar Kalash enshrined on 10th April, 2008.

Founder Secretary,
Rashtriya Shaheed Smarak Trust, Bhopal:

The Trust was created in 1977-78 in the sweet memories of the martyrs of Economic Movements initiated by Late Jai Prakash Narayan and to establish democracy in the country. Seven youths were killed in police firings amongst them Shaheed Krishna Raj Singh Bagware youger brother on 17th August, 1973. Sarvadaliye Sangharsh Samiti has organized this Bandh and first product was a local M.L.A. Shri Baboolal Gaur in M.P. Subsequently, Janata Party was formed in Centre, Mr. Moorarji Desai become Prime Minister of the Government. The rapid changes in the political scenario were all over the Country was due to supreme sacrifices of youth cadre in the country under the leadership of Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan.

Founder Chairman,
Sri 360 Gautriya Kshatriya Samaj, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal (Regd.)

Lay foundation of Akhil Bhartiya 360 Gautriya Kshatriya Samaj, Bhopal on 2nd October, 1974. Sri 360 Gautriya Kshatriya Samaj, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal was Regd. vide No.4699 dated 06.04.1976). The one and the foremost reason was the basic difference in Vedic Hinsa – Hinsa Na Bhavati & Ahinsa Parmo Dharma; Aakhet or Khatik.

As such, Kshatriya becomes “a Scheduled Caste of (former) Fruit and meat sellers depicts them as crude, ruthless and indeed simply ‘butcher-like’. Independent of the actual situation of individual members, as a group Khatiks are still known as a ‘criminal lot’ with an ‘aggressive character’. Countering this image, the Kali Temple has helped to establish Khatiks as also religiously minded ‘social workers’, devotees of the goddess, and brave pioneers in the fight for the Hindu cause.”

Instead of opposing high caste dominance, they trace their origin to high caste status.

“Bagware is the head of this interpretative venture. By making efforts to (re-)unite the caste under the label of a society called the 360 Gautriya Kshatriya Samaj, he suggests a Kshatriya origin for Khatik. He sees it as his mission to lead the caste ‘back to lost glory’, not only by re-uniting it, but also by reforming caste practices along orthodox ideals of religious and social behavior. A war was opened on ‘bad habits’ like drinking, gambling, meat eating. Admonitions for modern education are heard and Brahmanical forms of religiosity supported. This is a classis example of towards Sanskritization or Brahmanization among castes wishing to rise in the local hierarchy.” (Negotiating the Divine 41 – Wriiten by Dr. Ursula Rao, 2003).

“It is interesting to note that Ambedkar converted from Hinduism to Buddhism because he saw no chance for the equality of ‘untouchables’ within the framework of Hinduism, of which he believed the suppression of lower castes to be an intrinsic property.” (Mendelsohn and Vicziany 1998:114-17)

“Kali Temple realizes a new unified Hinduism in which caste barriers no longer present an obstacle to common ritual observance, and in which everyone has the same chance of entry into a number of ritual roles. Caste here has to a great extent lost its meaning as a discriminating feature, and given way to the integration of a wider community that includes all devotees of the goddess.” (NegotUrsula Rao DivUrsula Raoula Rao.

The Founder of Sri 360 Gautriya Kshatriya Samaj, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal has introduced revolutionary Samoohik Adarsh Vivah and arranged Sammelan on occasion of Akshya Tritya since 1981 at Village Naisamand and Akshya Tritya in 1982 at Berasia, Disst. Sehore. The entirely new vision and mission to reduce costs and to end the practice of dowry was introduced to the rest of the world. It was first of it kind after Raja Janak married her daughter Sita to Shri Ram together with others… Traditionally this day – the third day in the month of Vaisakha marked the beginning of the agriculture season, which was celebrated in many part of north India. The mass marriages are all held on this auspicious day.

“A third major festival, and the one that most explicitly includes Khatiks from all over the state, is the yearly celebration of a mass wedding ceremony. Since 1981, this new tradition has become identified with the Kali Temple in Bhopal. Each year, on the occasion of Akshya Tritya. (April/May), Khatiks from all over Madhya Pradesh are called to sign up their children for the mass marriage service nearby Kali Temple in Bhopal. This practice began – also among other castes – to reduce costs and to end the practice of dowry. Above all villagers take advantage of it and travel to Bhopal accompanied by their relatives to have their sons and daughters married for nominal fee.” (Negotiating the Divine 36 – Ursula Rao, 2003).

-श्री शिवनारायण बागवार जी के प्रोफाइल से साभार

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