Monday 23 November, 2020

Maha Sabha schools granted holiday to attend funeral

The Ministry of Education has granted a one-day holiday for all schools of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, to attend the funeral of the late Satnarayan Maharaj.

According to a letter sent by the Ministry, the holiday would apply to the Maha Sabha's primary, secondary and early childhood centres on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

The holiday was granted to facilitate principals, teachers and ancillary staff to attend the funeral of the late Secretary General.

Maharaj, hailed by many as a national icon, passed away at age 88 around midnight on Friday night after suffering from a stroke approximately one week prior. 

The funeral of the late Sat Maharaj takes place at the Lakshmi Girls Hindu College on Tuesday from 9.00 to 11.00 am, then taken to the Caroni Cremation Site at 12.00 noon where the final rites will be conducted. 

About the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha

The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha operates 150 mandirs and over 50 schools in Trinidad and Tobago. 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 pundits. The organisation's headquarters are located in St. Augustine.

Under the present Secretary General, Satnarayan Maharaj, the Maha Sabha has modernised all 42 schools and built 5 secondary schools as well as 12 early childhood educational centres.

Maharaj also revived the observance of Phagwa and was instrumental in the creation of the Indian Arrival Day holiday and annual celebrations. The Maha Sabha also introduced a Children's Cultural Festival - Baal Vikaas Vihar.

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