Satnarayan Maharaj

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Satnarayan Maharaj
CM
सतारायण महाराज (Hindi)
Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
Assumed office
1977
PresidentPt. Uttam Maharaj (30 April 2005-present)[1]
Pt. Krishna Maharaj (d. 2003)[2]
Pt. Sahadeo Persad Dubay Sharma (d. 1986)[3][4]
Preceded bySimbhoonath Capildeo[5]
Trustee of the Central Vishva Hindu Parishad
In office
26 January 2011[6] – 26 January 2014
Assistant Secretary of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
In office
1972[7] – 1977
Personal details
BornSatnarayan Maharaj
(1931-04-17) 17 April 1931 (age 87)
Chandernagore Village, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
Spouse(s)Shanti Maraj
MotherSirjudaye Maharaj
FatherPt. Sieupersad Maharaj
RelativesBhadase Sagan Maraj (Father-in-law)
Deolatia Maharaj (Grandmother)[8]
Changa Maharaj (Grandfather)
Rampartap Misir (Grandfather)
Alma materCanadian Mission School San Juan
Holborn College
Nickname(s)Sat Maharaj
Hanuman ji
Satnarayan Maharaj
Personal
ReligionHinduism
SectSanātanī
Religious career
GuruBhadase Sagan Maraj

Satnarayan Maharaj CM (also known as Sat Maharaj or the Hanuman ji of Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago[9]) (born April 17, 1931 in Chandernagore Village, Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago[10]) is a religious leader in Trinidad and Tobago. He is the Secretary-General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, a major Hindu organisation in Trinidad and Tobago.[citation needed]

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 has 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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://archives.newsday.co.tt/2005/05/03/pundit-uttam-maharaj-is-new-dharmachaya/
  2. ^ https://archives.newsday.co.tt/2003/10/21/death-of-a-guru/
  3. ^ http://www.panditbhisham.com/about-me/
  4. ^ http://www.hindisongstt.com/photo_listing.php?start=40&catId=23&pagesize=100
  5. ^ http://bharatmarg.com/satnarayan-maharaj-founder-of-the-indian-caribbean-museum-of-trinidad-tobago/
  6. ^ https://archives.newsday.co.tt/2011/04/26/sat-maharaj-appointed-trustee-of-central-vishwa-hindu-parishad/
  7. ^ https://archives.newsday.co.tt/2011/04/25/happy-80th-birthday-sat/
  8. ^ https://www.facebook.com/TTCentralBeat/posts/1051183774911686:0
  9. ^ https://archives.newsday.co.tt/2011/04/25/happy-80th-birthday-sat/
  10. ^ "Happy 80th birthday Sat". Trinidad Newsday. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  11. ^ "Baal Vikaas Vihar Festival". DiscoverTT. Retrieved July 13, 2016.

Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad & Tobago ISBN 978-976-8249-70-8