State move on temples irks Samithi

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, Samithi state spokesperson Mohan Gowda said the state government should issue clarification on considering several temples, daivasthana and Bhajana Mandira as illegal as many of these structures have more than 100 years of history.

He said that district administration has declared 641 religious structures in Dakshina Kannada as illegal. These places of worship existed even before the Indian law was formed.

He urged the authorities to explain whether religious centres have been hindering the development of the country. A signature campaign has been started against this move, and a protest ‘Devastana Ulisi Dharma Belisi’ will be held on September 29 in all taluk headquarters simultaneously, Gowda informed.
He said an awareness meeting will be held at Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple at Puttur on August 28 at 10 am, Balam Bhat hall, near Sharavu temple in Mangalore on August 27 at 3 pm, Yashwantha Vyayama shale, Bantwal on August 28 at 3 pm; Sri Janardhana Swamy temple at Ujire on August 28 at 3 pm and Sullia Sri Channakeshava Temple on August 30 at 3 pm.

Kalkura Foundation President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura said that the notification has created confusion among the public. Though the Supreme Court had ordered to evict all those religious centres which had come up on park, road and drainge and not the age old structures.
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