The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
is the major Hindu
organisation in Trinidad and Tobago
. It operates 150 mandirs
and over 50 schools. It was formed in 1952 when Bhadase Sagan Maraj
engineered the merger of the Satanan Dharma Association
and the Sanatan Dharma Board of Control
. An affiliated group, the Pundits' Parishad
, has 200 affiliated pundit
. The organisation's headquarters are located in St. Augustine
The President General of the Maha Sabha is Pt utham Maharaj and the Secretary General is Satnarayan Maharaj
, son-in-law of the founder, Bhadase Sagan Maraj.
In 1881, a Sanatan Dharma Association was founded in Trinidad in an attempt to consolidate Hindus and lobby on their behalf. This Association, however, was not known for any significant advances in Hindu organizational development. Other groups existed by the 1920s including the Trinidad Hindu Maha Sabha, San Feranado Hindu Sabha, and the Sanatan Dharma Prabartakh Sabha. But these, too, were not especially dynamic in shaping the course of Hindu history. The most significant advances in Hindu organizational development of these Sabhas came as a response to the Arya Samaj and its missionaries.
The controversies stirred by the Arya Samaj
spokesmen acted as a kind of catalyst for the leaders of the Sanatan Dharma
community to make greater strides towards effective organization.The Sanatan Dharma Association was incorporated by an act of Legislature in 1932. A conservative group of Hindus established a rival organization,... Read More