Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Continue Puja At Kedarnath, Shankaracharya Says

Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati has required that the Uttarakhand govt make sure immediate "vidhiwat puja sanskar" (proper ritualistic worship) at Kedarnath shrine.

"I am saddened that the panch-mukhi Shivling and shrine has not been washed and no puja provided there. The point that the bhog murti (idol) is being worshipped in Ukhimat is undesirable since its appropriate position is the Kedarnath shrine," Swaroopanand informed TOI on Wed.

The local govt, the shankaracharya included, must facilitate the cremation of all the systems as per Hindu traditions, but this should not come in way of the puja at Kedarnath. "For Master Shiva, shamshan and systems are negligible. The shrine should be permitted to be washed and pandits must start praise instantly," the seer pressured.

After the flashflood and the forehead town's devastation, a group of Historical Study of Indian authorities frequented the Kedarnath shrine. The Uttaranchal national choice to seek advice from the ASI over "rebuilding" the shrine has brought up the hackles of several seers such as Swami Swaroopanand.

"In the name of recovery, the ASI would take over and even quit puja at the shrine. This is what it did with the Vishnu forehead in Annupur region in MP," said Swaroopanand.

The Kedarnath forehead is handled by Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Panel (BKTC), which is in cost of the Badrinath shrine as well. Several of its associates and functionaries are MLAs and associates of the Uttaranchal govt.

"The restoring (of Kedarnath) can be done by the govt but the most essential factor is to make sure frequent puja at the shrine," said Swami Swaroopanand.

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