Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.
Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti
Background of Formation
Maharashtra is considered as the Land of Saints and Social Reformers. The traditions of Saints which started from Saint Dnyaneshwar in 13th Century has reached upto the 20th Century Saints like Saint Gadage Baba, Saint Tukadoji Maharaj. Maharashtra has also got the same rich tradition of 150 years of Social Reformers, starting from Lokahitavadi to Prabodhanakar Thackaray. Both of these traditions made efforts to pull out the Indian people from the mud of undesirable customs, traditions, outdated practices and superstitions. While examining the Religion critically and for the benefit of the society, these saints opposed the exploitation and ritualism in it. They promoted Logical Rationalism, Reformism, Scientific Temper and Humanism. This thought is known in Maharashtra, as, Phule - Shahu - Ambedkar tradition of thought.
Despite such a long tradition of awakening, the Charlatanry and Superstitions are flourishing in Maharashtra with great pace.
With this background, Martyr Dr. Narendra Dabholkar established Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti on 9th August, 1989.
Samiti’s Mission Statement
I will actively work for eradication of superstitions from myself, family, society and Nation and will practice and spread scientific temper, rationalism and humanism. I will make this as a part of my living. I trust that only this is beneficial and will cause development and upliftment of myself and the entire Society.
Activists of Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti understand and agree to this aim from mind and on the level of thought and then they actively follow it permanently.
To be successful in this mission, the Organisation has created Five Principles (Panch-sutree) for its work and thought.
To oppose the superstitions which involve exploitation, cheating and are misleading.
To propogate, spread and follow Scientific Temperament.
To examine the Religion firmly, critically but constructively, corresponding to the Time.
To activate the heritage of Saints and Social reformers and values of the Constitution.
To join hands with the movement of comprehensive social reforms.
These Five Principles are the foundation of Organisation’s thought and work.
What We Do ?
Area of operation of Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS)
As the title of the Organisation suggests, Maharashtra State is the main area of operation of MANS. However, MANS is active in Goa and Belagavi (Karnataka State) since its inception. MANS is having its National and International Co-ordination Department. Through this Department, MANS is connected with other Organisations and Institutions in the States of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, wjocj are working for eradication of superstitions or for similar purpose. MANS exchanges information about the thoughts and work with these organisations. MANS also plays role of a guide to the similar organisations and assists them in spreading awareness about our thoughts.
Guidance from MANS is sought at International level as well. MANS has extended guidance and advice for enacting Law against Human Sacrifices in Uganda.
Branch is the Basic working Unit of MANS and it works through 350 Branches in all the 36 Districts of Maharashtra State. MANS carries out its activity without any Government Grants or any International Aid. MANS is the only organization of this type in Asia, which works purely with the support of Public.
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Let us Understand the Types of Branches!
This is the active and Leading Branch in a District. This Branch is self-reliant in many aspects and assists-guidesother Branches. Takes Lead
This type of the Branch conducts regular meetings (Weekly/ quarterly),executes campaigns of MANS and which is always active.
The Branch which does not conducts meeting regularly, but executes occasional Activities of MANS.
Link (Contact) Branch:
Link Branch does not conduct meetings or executes any activity. Only Contact persons are available here. Such Branches are called Link or Contact Branch.
Which are other types of work of eradication of superstitions, in which you can participate?
Many books on eradication of superstitions are available with us. You can buy those books.
You can become a subscriber of ‘Andhshraddha Nirmulan Patrika’, house magazine of MANS.
You can help this work by giving monetary donations.
You can organize programmes of eradication of superstitions at your known places (like Schools, Colleges, Women’s Organisations, Youth Organisations, villages, hamlets).
You can remain present and participate in the programmes on eradication of superstitions.
You can send this brochure to your friends, relatives, who follow these thoughts and request them to participate in this work.
You can organize a Workshop on Eradication of Superstition at the places known to you.
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