Char Dham Shrine Board Teerth Purohits, Stakeholders see red
The decision of Uttarakhand Government to set up a Char Dham Shrine Board to manage the affairs of the Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri temples is meeting stiff resistance from the Teerth Purohits and stakeholders of these temples. On Thursday, some of the stakeholders and Teerth Purohits assembled at the residence of Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat and held a meeting.
Later, talking to the media persons, Manoj Rawat, who is a Congress MLA, said that the State Government has misinterpreted things on the issue. He said that the decision of forming one Shrine Board for different temples that have different histories and practices is regrettable.
Rawat said that it appears that the State Government is eyeing the donation and offerings in these temples. He clearly said that he is taking an opposing stand on the issue in his individual capacity as a resident of Kedarnath area.
The Kedarnath MLA said that the religious sentiments of the people of the State have been hurt by this decision. He warned that tempering with the ancient cultural values and ethos would not be tolerated.
One of the stakeholders of the Kedarnath shrine, Laxminarayan Jugran said, “The Char Dhams of Uttarakhand are very ancient and linked with the Sanatan Dharma. Kedarnath is a Jyotirlinga and they are as old as the creation. Similarly, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri hold deep religious significance and to associate these Dhams with Vaishno Devi Shrine Board is sacrilege.’’
Jugran opined that the Government should have held consultation with Teerth Purohits and stakeholders on the issue and should not have taken a unilateral decision.
The president of the Gangotri temple committee, Suresh Semwal, accused the Chief Minister of misleading the Teerth Purohits on the issue.
He said that the decision of the shrine board would be opposed vehemently and the Teerth Purohits would go to any extent on the issue.
In a major decision which would have bearing in the management of the famed Char Dhams, the State Cabinet, in its meeting held on Wednesday, had decided to constitute a Char Dham Shrine Board in the State.
Apart from managing the affairs of the famous four temples, the Government has decided that the Board would also manage 47 other important temples.
The proposed Char Dham Shrine Board would be made on the lines of the Vaishno Devi and Tirupati Balaji Shrine Board. The Chief Minister would be chairman of the Board and a senior ranking IAS officer would be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board.
The meeting of the Board would be organised once in a year and the Government has assured that the rights of all the stakeholders would remain intact.
Friday, 29 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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