Over 450 attend 10th All United Brahmin convention
The two-day 10th All United Brahmin Convention, hosted by the Brahmin Samaj of Georgia (BSOGA) was held in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4 and 5. The convention brought together over 450 delegates from Brahmin samaj all over the country, and also from United Kingdom, Canada and India.
Renowned scholar and Bhagvat scripture exponent Pujya Shree Bhupendrabhai Pandya conducted the opening ceremony. BSOGA grand sponsors Ghanshyambhai and Anilaben Bhatt, from Milford, Connecticut, and BSOGA President and First Lady Indravadanbhai and Ansuyaben Raval presided over the ceremony.
Pujya Bhupendrabhai Pandya, who was introduced by BSOGA Chairman Chittaranjanbhai Jyotishi, spoke of the need of the various Brahmin samaj to remain united and urged members to involve themselves actively in the work of the samaj and its mission.
The convention saw performances by many talented young members. Dr. Paddy Sharma, who spoke about “Brahmanism for foreign-born Brahmans,” observed that the way parents taught and practiced religion at home had a significant influence on how their children would turn out. She also stressed the importance of visiting temples and the home country regularly.
After a delicious lunch of Masala Dosa, Idli, Meduvada, Tamarind Rice and Gulab Jamun, catered by Saravanaa Bhavan, the attendees were entertained by Sanjay Oza’s music group from Ahmedabad, India.
Among those attending were some 112 members seeking matrimonial alliances. The presidents and executive members of the Brahmin Samaj of Florida, New Jersey, New York and Chicago gave status reports of their activities and identified the core values of their samaj. Delegation from SBMS Mumbai was also honored at the convention. Dinner was followed by another music concert by Sanjay Oza and his group.
On the second day of the convention, BSOGA Chairman Chittaranjanbhai Jyotishi honored and welcomed two Swaminarayan Brahmin saints, Pujya Shree Sarvamangal Swamiji and Pujya Shree Snehvatsal Swamiji. Pujya Shree Sarvamangal Swamiji spoke inspirational words to an appreciative audience.
This was followed by a banquet of wonderful Mexican and American cuisine, as well as and music and dance performances by many local artistes as well as Sanjay Oza and his party. The convention ended with a midnight treat of Faluda ice cream and bittersweet partings.
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