Govardhan, 2018.02.01 (VT) Visitors to Goverdhan this Sunday may find themselves in the middle of demonstrations against the proposed acquisition of temples by the Government’s Shrine Board. At a meeting on Wednesday, the Goswamis of several temples that are being targeted for acquisition, together with their supporters, finalized the plans for the rally.
The Goswamis have been organizing widely, with over 200 youth teams working on different tasks including visiting villagers to raise awareness and gather supporters for the rally. Thousands of people are expected to attend the rally, which may become the biggest demonstration in Braj’s recent history.
Mahesh Pathak, president of the Akhil Bhartiya Teerth Purohit Mahasabha said that Tirtha priests from all over India will come out in support of the movement. Mahasabha officials from Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain etc are expected to attend the rally.
Pathak said that the interests of the existing temple servants and owners was not been taken into account by the Government when they made the decision to acquire the temples. Murari Thokdar and Ramnarayan Brajvasi said that the government should provide public facilities but not interfere with the service of deities.
While most of Braj’s Goswamis are against the government take over of the management of temples, the youth of Radha Kund staged performances on the ghats in support of the Shrine Board. Radhakund’s Nirbhay Goswami said that the formation of the Shrine Board will lead to the development of Govardhan and Radha Kund. Advocate Lokesh Sharma said that the Shrine Board is necessary so that common people can get proper facilities and conveniences.
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