Shankaracharya holds firm as Swamy urges end to controversy – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

PURI/BHUBANESWAR: Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati on Friday warned that he would not remain silent if the government pressured him to toe his line on the Srimandir Parikrama project even as top BJP leader Subramanian Swamy , met him at the Gobardhan Peetha and said he would take up the issue with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

After meeting Swamy, the Shankaracharya told the media that the government should not take him for granted and expect him to remain silent on the matter. “I will not intimidate myself, but oppose myself,” he added. If the government wants to develop religious places then they should consult me, he said and added that temples and mutts are religious institutions and should be run by genuine religious people. He argued that the government should not take religious institutions into its fold, but rather cooperate with these institutions for their development.

After meeting Shankarcharya, Swamy said he would raise the issue with the CM. Stating that there is a need to end the controversy, Swamy said, “Biju Patnaik was a close friend and I have a good relationship with his son and current Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. I will take up the matter with Naveen. BJP leader said that temples are the centers of knowledge and kings also used to visit such places. It is everyone’s duty to protect temples. However, he said temples should be free from any government control.”A government can intervene if there are irregularities,” he said.

The BJP leader and his wife had come to invite Shankaracharya to attend a religious ceremony at the Kerala Padmanabh Swamy Temple. Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi continued to target the state government over the Parikrama project. Alleging illegalities in the implementation of the project, Sarangi demanded that the names of the heritage conservation architect and structural engineer who authorized the project be revealed by the government.

Stating that the works were executed in violation of the AMASR Act 1958 and without conducting the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPRS) survey in addition to the Heritage Impact Assessment studies, Sarangi said the government should tell the people of Odisha on whose suggestions the project was carried out. She has already admitted her mistake in moving the proposed visitor center from the forbidden area of ​​the temple, she said and added, the National Monuments Authority (NMA) had also written to the Shree Jagannath temple administration for him ask to reduce the height of the building.

Aparajita said the government is aware of these violations and has no choice but to cover up its mistakes. “It is also surprising to see that the MP for Puri Pinaki Mishra is unaware of what is happening in the project. If the local MP is in the dark, imagine the fate of Odisha’s 4.5 crores,” she added.

Michael J. Chiaramonte