April 26, 2008, San Jose, California.
Chief Justice of Nepal Kedar Prasad Giri inaugurated Dashami Society USA Chapter in San Jose. The Dashnami Society (literally meaning Ten Names) serves as an umbrella organization in Nepal comprising of members of the Dashnami society. Giri, Puri, Bharati, Saraswati, Ban, Aranya, Tirtha, Aashram, Parbat and Sagar are the ten castes in the Dashnami Society.
Justice Giri explained about similar organization in India. He also shed light on his effort to form the organization some 20 years ago with Suresh Puri.
Narayan Ban organized the program in which Justice Giri was the chief guest, Shanker Giri (Central committee member) special guest and Suresh Puri-the chairperson. Issues such as website building, database, fund raising, membership increment, were also discussed. Suresh Puri explained in details the was Dashnami Society was formed citing Shankaracharya and his 10 disciples which form the society today. Dashnami Society in Nepal is involved widely in sectors like health camps, donations, scholarships, cultural programs, fund raisers, annual conventions, blood donations, career and employment, trainings and skill building activities.
The newly formed committee has the following officebearers:
- Chairperson: Suresh Puri
- Vice Chair: Keshav Ban
- Secretary General: Narayan Ban
- Vice Secretary: Mukesh Puri
- Treasurer: Bijaya Puri
- Members: Sunita Puri
- Samina Ban
- Ashika Giri
- Santosh Giri
- Dhanu Giri
- Bhupesh Kumar Puri