Jeypore: Congress MLA from Koraput Krishna Chandra Sagaria and his family members today embraced Buddhism at a special function at his village Burja in Laxmipur of Koraput district.
Hundred other families of his village and nearby areas have also changed their religion from Hinduism. Chhattisgarh based Buddhist monk Bhonte Buddha Ghosh gave them the religion after Trisarana, Panchasila and oath taking rituals. Hundreds of devotees attended the two-day Dharma Kranti Samaroh starting from Saturday. Several Buddhist monks from Raipur and Nagpur also took part in the mega event.
Earlier, in an affidavit filed before the Executive Magistrate, Koraput, he had expressed his intention to covert to Buddhism along with his family members.
“I intend to convert to Buddhism as per my own will and without any pressure, coercion or inducement from any corner,” Sagaria mentioned in his affidavit.
“I shall follow all the procedure for conversion as required by the Rules of the Odisha Freedom of Religion Rules 1989,” he also stated in the affidavit.
Buddhism preaches wisdom, friendship and equality, Sagaria said, adding that Babasaheb Ambedkar had said that “if you want to establish equality in society and acquire erudition then you should adopt Buddhism”.