Adherents of Sarna religion, who have been demanding official status for their faith for years, gathered in the city on Friday to discuss their first-ever rule book in a bid to streamline their rituals.
Around 1,000 members of four tribal organisations from Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Bengal and Assam gathered at the Adivasi Youth Club on Friday to take part in a three-day convention on Codified Rule Guide.
This rule book will help the 32 tribes that follow Sarna faith conduct their social and religious rituals in a uniform manner.
Members of the four outfits — Akhil Bharatiya Majhi Pargana Samiti, Akhil Bharatiya Sarna Dharm Mandwa, All-India Santhali Education Council and Jharkhand Disom Party — will meet for the next two days to form a 25-member panel, which will frame the law book.
The book will be published in a month.
Participants also rued that the ancient Sarna faith had not been given its due by successive governments. “Tribals have not been given their due recognition, though Sarna dharam has existed for thousands of years,” rued Eshwar Soren, general secretary, Jharkhand Disom Party.