Shri Sammed Shikharji row: Huge silent rally against Jharkhand govt’s proposal

Jharkhand govt withdraws it later in the day, a press release stated

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 11:03 PM IST
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Jain community People taking out a Silent rally against Jharkhand Government’s decision to turn Shri Sammed Shikharji Tirth into a Tourist Spot on Wednesday |

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Thousands of members of Jain community in Bhopal took out a silent march from Agrasen Chouraha to CM House on Wednesday. They were protesting against Jharkhand government’s proposal to make Shri Sammed Shikharji as a tourist destination. It is holiest site of Jains located in Giridih district in Jharkhand.

According to a press release issued by Jain Community, the Jharkhand government withdrew the proposal later in the day to turn their pilgrimage site into a tourist spot.

During the rally, Muni Shri Aditya Sagar Maharaj, a disciple of Acharya Shri Vishuddh Sagar said, "Today, everyone has gathered here not for politics but in support of religion. Under any circumstances, the government will have to change its decision. It takes less time to prove the truth and more time to prove a lie. We are peace-loving, let us remain peace-loving, don't make us revolutionary, and let the government function as a government, don't become arrogant." Free Press interacted with a section of Jain community regarding their disapproval. Excerpts

Not meant for fun

Aadi Jain, a 12-year-old boy, said, "Shikhar ji is very important to us. Jain people keep that place holy and clean. If the government turns it into a tourist spot, then people from other religions will come there and our holy place will become impure as they’ll eat non-vegetarian food there.It is a place to pray, not to have fun."

Will get polluted

Priyanka Jain, a software engineer, said, "We are very peaceful people, we pay our taxes on time. We are a minority but we pay the most taxes in the country.The government is greedy, but we are not. All we want is to keep our pilgrimage site exclusively for ourselves. That’s all, and the government will have to listen to us. People from other communities will pollute the holy hill by smoking, drinking, and walking around in shoes."

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