Priests sitting on dharna outside Kedarnath temple, warned of agitation if their demands were not accepted
National Desk: The demonstration of the pilgrimage priests of Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham continues even today, demanding the dissolution of the Devasthanam Management Board. The priests have sat on a dharna outside the Kedarnath temple for their demands. Earlier, the priests had done their daily work of worship by tying a black band.
Slogans against the state government The
pilgrimage priests and priests are raising slogans against the state government for demanding the dissolution of the Devasthanam Board in the Gangotri temple premises under the joint aegis of Shri Panch Gangotri Temple Committee and Gangotri Teertha Purohit Mahasabha. Deepak Semwal, secretary of the Gangotri Temple Committee, alleged that the pilgrim priests were constantly being misled on this issue by the state government. On one hand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat announces reconsideration of Devasthanam Board, while on the other hand his Culture Minister says that there will be no reconsideration on the board.
Announcing a symbolic fast on June 15, if the
Devasthanam Board is not dissolved, Semwal warned of launching a major agitation in the four Dhams, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, said that on June 15, the Gangotri temple complex and winter worship place Mukhba. A symbolic fast will be observed in He said that apart from this, Havan and Yagya would be performed on June 20 for the purification of the intellect of the Uttarakhand government and after that an indefinite dharna would be started in the Gangotri temple premises from June 21.
Devasthanam Board's protest
Similar protest was held at Yamunotri temple where the teerth priests under the leadership of temple committee secretary Suresh Uniyal protested against the board by tying black bands in their hands. During the tenure of former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Devasthanam Board was formed through an act for the management of 51 temples in the state including the Chardhams. Tirth priests have been opposing it since the very beginning. During the Kumbh after assuming the post of Chief Minister, Tirath Singh Rawat had indicated to reconsider the issue of the board and said that a decision will be taken in this regard after talking to all the stakeholders.