Thursday, April 5, 2012

VHP warns to run parallel yatra from Jesht Purnima

Taking serious exception to the decision of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) to run the Swami Amaranth yatra from June 25 instead of Jeshtpurnima falling on June 4, VHP today reiterated that Board has no right to decide the duration and date of yatra and the same should be left to religious leaders.

The yatra should start as per tradition on Jesht Purnima which is an auspicious day and nothing short of this will be acceptable to Hindu bodies in general and Baba Amarnath and Baba Buda Amarnath Yatri Niyas in particular, VHP state president and Trustee of the Niyas Dr Rama Kant Dubey told reporters here today.

Criticizing the Shrine Board Dr Dubey said it's statement of performing symbolic Pooja on Jesht Purnima is against Hindu traditions and rituals as there is no word like symbolic used in worship of God as per Hindu mythology. This way the Board has hurt the sentiments of the Hindus all over the globe, he added.

The Board must learn that the "Pooja'' is always real and not symbolic'', he said, adding this way the Board was eroding the sanctity of the holy yatra running from immemorial times.

Dr Dubey said that Kailash Mansarowar Yatra which is the toughest yatra in the world and which involves three countries India, Nepal and China has never become controversial as the Amarnath yatra became, after Governor N N Vohra who is also the chairman of the Board took over in 2008.

He said even no problem is created in Machil Mata or Kailash Kund yatra in Doda district but only controversy has been created for Amarnath yatra since 2008, he said and warned that Niyas and VHP will defy the Board by launching a parallel yatra on Jesht Purnima which is an auspicious day as per Hindu Calander and tradition.

The VHP and Niyas will launch a nation-wide Amarnath Yatra Bachao campaign and recruitment of Shiv Bhakts from Hanuman Jayanti tomorrow to April 30 to run the yatra from June 4, he said. During this period 21 lakh Shiv Bhakts will be recruited all over India while 1.5 lakh Bhakts will be recruited in Jammu region alone, he added.

Accusing the Shrine Board of creating a drama on the name of Yatra and misguiding the Sub Committee, security agencies and Sants on the duration of yatra, he said this will not be tolerated by Hindu bodies.

The Board was launching a misinformation campaign on the name of yatra, he said, adding the Board wants to run the yatra as per rotation which is against the Hindu traditions, faith and rituals.

Dr Dubey said no body has given Board the right to over rule the Shastras and it too has to go as per the Hindu rituals and traditions.

He said the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had also intimated to the VHP and Niyas delegations twice that Government will have no problem in running the yatra for three months provided the Shrine Board makes a recommendation in this regard.

Hem Raj Khajuria, vice president VHP and Dr Shayam its secretary also spoke.

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