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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I will sacrifice my life for Udupi temple: Seer


Pejawar Mutt pontiff Vishvesha Theertha on Tuesday declared that he is ready to sacrifice his life to prevent the State government from acquiring the Udupi Sri Krishna temple.

Addressing a press conference, the seer said that a state-wide Hindu agitation would be held if the government tries to acquire the temple illegally. �It is a question of self-respect for Hindus and I am ready to sacrifice my life to retain the Krishna temple,� he added.

He demanded that the government take an impartial stand on the temple issue. �The government will never acquire places of worship belonging to Christians or Muslims. It should also take a similar stand on the Krishna temple issue,� he said.

The Supreme Court has stated in its verdict that though the temple is not a part of the Ashta Mutts, it is continued to be administered by the Mutts.

A temple managed by any institution of any denomination (caste or community) is exempted from the Muzrai Act. The SC had declared the Ashta Mutts as an institution of denomination in the Shirur Mutt case, he added. The Sri Krishna temple had been declared as a �temple� under the Harijan Entry Act of the previous Madras government. �But it is not a temple as per the Muzrai Act,� he argued.

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