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Pejawar swamiji sees bid to break Hindu unity

By Our Staff Correspondent

UDUPI, DEC. 17. Vishwesha Tirtha of Pejawar Mutt said here on Saturday that politicians and intellectuals are creating unnecessary controversy over Sri Krishna Temple and the "Kanaka Gopura."

The swamiji was speaking at the "Maha Bhajan" programme organised by Sri Krishna Mukhyaprana Bhakta Vrinda.

The swamiji said it is wrong to demand that Sri Krishna Temple should be brought under the Department of Endowments.

Although the Supreme Court had ruled that Sri Krishna Temple is not a "mutt" but a temple, the Uniform Endowments Act passed by the State Government considered it a temple.

Denominational temples are outside the purview of the Endowments Department. All the problems could be sorted out. Divisive forces are whipping up a controversy to divide Hindus, he said.

Discrimination denied

Vishwapriya Tirtha of Paryaya Admar Mutt said the question of suppressing non-Brahmins did not arise in Udupi.

All efforts to break the unity of Hindus should be defeated.

Lakshmivara Tirtha of Shiroor Mutt said the controversy could be ended under the leadership of Vishwesha Tirtha through dialogue.

The Ashta Mutts should enable members of the Kuruba community, who had come to Udupi, to have a "darshan" of Lord Krishna. The leaders and members of the Kuruba community should be invited to the inauguration of the "Kanaka Gopura," he said.

Bannanje Govindacharya, scholar, said the saint-composer Kanakadasa is given the highest respect in Udupi.

There are several memorials in his memory in the temple town, he said.

Vidyadheesha Tirtha of Palimar Mutt, Sugunendra Tirtha of Puttige Mutt, Vidyavallabha Tirtha of Kaniyur Mutt, and Vishwaprasanna Tirtha, junior seer of Pejawar Mutt, were present.

Janardhan Kanchan, secretary of Malpe Fishermen's Association, welcomed the gathering. K.H. Sureshacharya, principal of SMSP Sanskrit College, anchored the programme. Venkataramana Muchinthaya proposed a vote of thanks.

Tight security

There was tight security on Car Street. The police had barricaded all entry points to the street.

Earlier, the silver rathotsava was held. Vishwapriya Tirtha was present.

V.S. Acharya, MLC and K. Raghupati Bhat, MLA, participated in the "Maha Bhajan" programme.

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