Mathura, 2019.01.23 (VT): Former International President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and one of the main forces behind the movement to rebuild the temple at Ram Janmabhoomi, Shri Vishnu Hari Dalmia (91) died on January 16, 2019. Being the leader of the Dalmia Group, he was a well-known industrialist.
Shri Dalmia was also the ‘Prabandh Nyasi’ (managing trustee) of Shri Krishna Janmasthan Mathura. A great exponent of Hindu culture and a dedicated ‘Gau Rakshak’, (cow protection activist) he was instrumental in the renovation of Krishna Janmasthan and setting of up a ‘Gaushala’ within its precincts. He also assisted several other cow shelters in Braj.
Shri Dalmia was admitted to the Apollo Hospital ICU on December 22 due to age-related illnesses. On his insistence, he was brought home, and an intensive care facility was set up at his Golf Links residence in New Delhi on January 14.
He breathed his last at 9.38 am on the 16th. His cremation was held at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi.
After the completion of the funeral rites, Kapil Sharma (Secretary, Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan) brought Shri Dalmia’s mortal remains to Shri Krishna Janmasthan where people paid their last respects to the deceased Hindu leader.
The VHP giant’s mortal remains were immersed in the river Yamuna in a grand ceremony held at Mathura’s Vishram Ghat on January 19.
The ‘Kalash Yatra’ led by Kapil Sharma and Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi started at Shri Krishna Janmasthan and reached Vishram Ghat at around 11 am via Deeg Gate, Mandi Ramdas, Chowk Bazaar, and Dwarkadhish.
Eleven priests conducted the Vedic funeral rites amidst ‘Harinaam Sankirtan’ by Braj saints.
Along with leaders such as Murarilal Agrawal, Dr. Raman Tandon, and Veerendra Agrawal, many religious figures also took part in the ceremony.
According to Kapil Sharma, Shri Dalmia wanted his funeral to be a quiet affair without any VIP treatment. He also urged people to not mourn his demise for more than three days. His last wish was that his mortal remains be immersed in the Ganga-Yamuna and in Braj Raj.
Shri Dalmia’s passing away is being mourned as a huge setback to Hindu society. Lamenting the loss, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said that Shri Dalmia’s contribution to protection of Hindu Dharma, culture and nationalism is unparalleled.
Along with Ashok Singhal and Acharya Giriraj Kishore, he was one of the three main protagonists of the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement. Even on his death bed, he was aggrieved about the fact his wish for a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya could not be fulfilled.
Shri Dalmia was also the chief of Hanuman Prasad Poddar Smarak Samiti until January 1983. The position was entrusted to him by Sant Radha Baba. He used to visit the Gorakhpur Gita Vatika four times in a year on Radhashtami, Akshay Tritiya, Hariyali Teej and Basant Panchami until 10 years back.
During his stay, he would hold meetings with renowned Hindu leaders and saints. Shri Dalmia was also very close to the inmates of the Hanuman Prasad Poddar Cancer Hospital, about whose well-being he was concerned even in his last days. His death has left them grief-stricken.