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RSS plans campaign against Kanchi Acharyas' arrest

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KALAVAI (TAMIL NADU), JAN. 17. A countrywide campaign will be launched under the auspices of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad from February 15 saying that the Kanchi Sankaracharyas "are being subjected to persecution as a result of political vendetta," the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, K.S. Sudarshan, said here today after meeting the Kanchi Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.

The Acharya is staying here ever since he was released on bail from the Vellore Central Prison on January 11.

Mr. Sudarshan told newspersons that the RSS wanted all the cases against the Sankaracharyas transferred outside Tamil Nadu due to this "persecution." He said he had requested the Acharya to undertake a tour of the entire country to explain to the people his experience after his arrest.

"His response was positive," said Mr. Sudarshan when asked about the response. But the Acharya told him that only sanyasis could perform pujas in the Kanchi Sankara Mutt unlike other Mutts. That was why Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi was given diksha (initiation) to facilitate the continuation of the 2,500-year-old unbroken tradition of having pujas performed.

Mr. Sudarshan's mention that the Paramacharya's decision to identify two sanyasis in order to carry on the tradition of performing pujas in the Kanchi Sankara Mutt set off speculation that a third sanyasi had been appointed by Sri Jayendra Saraswathi at Kalavai.

Later, Sankara Mutt authorities clarified to newspersons that neither a new sanyasi had been appointed as the successor to Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi nor had diksha been given to any disciple by Sri Jayendra Saraswathi now camping at Kalavai.

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