Sat Maharaj

Sat Maharaj

The media have been banned from the funeral of Satnayaran Maharaj, secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS).

The SDMS executive issued a release via its media house Radio and TV Jaagriti a short while ago stating that this decision was taken after a reporter from a media house which was not named disrespected religious proceedings at the wake on Sunday night.

Maharaj died at 12.01 a.m. on Saturday after suffering a stroke on November 7.

His funeral is carded to take place at the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The release stated in part:

We do not wish to express which media house the reporter belonged to as it is not our intention to engage in any dispute with any fraction of the media.

However, having regard to our express request made to this media house and their lack of respect to the family's wishes we (the family of Sri Satnarayan Maharaj and the SDMS executive) have decided that absolutely no media houses will be allowed on the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College compound on the day of the funeral (19/11/19) or the home of Sr Satnayaran Maharaj/ his family at any time.

The SDMS/press liaison will continue to be Sri Dinesh Rambally should there be any questions concerning the arrangements in relation to Sri Satnayaran Maharaj's funeral.

See entire release below:

Media Coverage of Sri Satnarayan Maharaj 's funeral.

The Executive of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha would

like, at the outset, to express gratitude and deep

appreciation to all sections of the society which

have reached out to express condolences, offer

support and share their love with the family of Sri

Satnarayan Maharaj, the SDMS family and the wider

Hindu Community. This is a trying time for all of us

and we could not manage without the said support and

love.

Since the passing of Sri Satnarayan Maharaj, the

family and the SDMS have tried to update the entire

population of the unfolding of pertinent events and

information. We have utiliAed our Official Medium

namely Radio and TV Jaagriti. Additionally, the First

Assistant Secretary/ Acting Secretary General Sri

Vijay Maharaj and Legal Advisor to the SDMS Sri

Dinesh Rambally have fielded questions (in person and

via telephone) from ALL Media Houses.

Yesterday morning (Saturday), Sri Dinesh explained

inter alia the rituals/rites which the family had to

undertake and the fact that as Hindus, all social

protocol and social obligations are suspended. He

further explained that it is a solemn period of time

when readings of Hindu Scriptures are recommended at

the wake to be held each night.

Earlier this morning (Sunday 17th), several media

houses congregated at the SDMS Headquarters, Lakshmi

Girls' Hindu College to discuss several matters

arising in relation to the planning and finalising of

funeral arrangements. Despite pressing commitments at

this time, Sri Dinesh Rambally still fielded

questions from all media houses on an individual

level. These press interviews lasted well over half

hour. He continued throughout the day, to answer

questions from media personnel via telephone.

Subsequently, one reporter from a particular media

house telephoned Sri Dinesh at about 6:00pm this

evening and requested whether she could attend the

wake to inter alia interview persons in attendance.

Sri Dinesh advised that the wake was centred around

reading from Sacred Hindu Scriptures and those in

attendance were joining in prayer so as to draw

spiritual inspiration at a time when it was needed

most. As Hindus, we are duty bound to maintain

certain rituals and prayers at the time of death to

assist ourselves as well as the soul of the departed.

Sri Dinesh stated that interviews at the wake would

"change the complexion of the entire proceedings".

The said reporter stated that she understood and

would respect the family/ SDMS's wishes.

A few minutes later, the said reporter showed up at

the home of Sri Satnarayan Maharaj's/family's home

and proceeded to interview persons. The entire matter

detracted from our wishes, religious duties cast on

us at this time of mourning. Not withstanding, th e

obvious distraction which the Reporter caused and the

clear disrespect shown over our religious proceedings

, over ten pundits took to the stage and read from

the Holy pages of the Sri Ramcharitmanas (revered

Hindu Scripture). Our Dharmacharya, His Holiness

Pundit Dr. Rampersad Parasram had cause to address

the audience as a result of the unfolding of these

events.

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We do not wish to express which media house the

Reporter belonged to as it is not our intention to

engage in any dispute with any fraction of the

media.

However, having regard to our express request made to

this media house and their lack of respect to the

Family's wishes, we (the Family of Sri Satnarayan

Maharaj and the SDMS Executive) have decided that

absolutely no media houses will be allowed on the

Lakshmi Girls Hindu College compound on the day of

the funeral (19/11/19) or the home of Sri Satnarayan

Maharaj/ his family at any time.

The SDMS/Press Liaison will continue to be Sri Dinesh

Rambally should there be any questions concerning the

arrangements in relation to Sri Satnarayan Maharaj’s

funeral.

We would like to express yet again our deepest

appreciation to the thousands who continue to support

the our family during this period of bereavement.

Thanking you.

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