Kothagudem: Former MP Prof Azmeera Seetaram Naik has urged the Central government to issue orders making the birth anniversary celebrations of Banjaras spiritual guru Sant Sevalal Maharaj official.
Seetaram Naik said Sevalal, the socio-religious reformer, is revered by Banjara/Lambada tribal community, the largest ethnic group in the country with an estimated population of 10 crore. It is because of his efforts that the tribals were unified and could protect their culture and traditions.
According to the former MP, the birth anniversary of Sevalal Maharaj that falls on February 15 is the most important occasion for all Banjaras in the country. Grand celebrations take place annually at Pohragad village of Washim district in Maharashtra marking the jayanti.
Honouring the sentiments and requests of Lambadas, the Telangana government had issued orders to celebrate the reformer’s jayanti officially, Seetaram Naik said and thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for his gesture.
Following the suit, the Centre should also issue orders to celebrate Sevalal’s jayanti officially, he said adding that he had several times raised the issue in Lok Sabha when he was representing Mahabubabad constituency.
The issue was taken to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but in vain. The Maharashtra government had also been neglecting Sevalal’s jayanti as it failed to provide basic amenities at Pohragad where the spiritual leader’s tomb is located, Seetaram Naik lamented.