Odisha Sun Times News Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 14:
Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, who has stirred a controversy in Odisha after terming the act of climbing chariots and touching the deities by devotees during the Rath Yatra a great sin, came down heavily on the sevayats or servitors of the Sri Jagannath temple, who have launched a tirade against him over his statement.
“Srimandir has been converted into a company. The way workers put proprietors of a company in trouble by resorting to agitations, the same is happening with the world famous Sri Jagannath temple. Every time the sevayats are aggrieved or affected, they are preventing Lord Jagannath from having His food, sleep and even pujas. This is a bad tradition but instead of it being curbed, such a practice is gaining in strength”, he said
The Shankaracharya who was here on Tuesday to attend a religious function at Jharpada said it was essential on part of the government to take strong steps against such practices otherwise the entire state will be facing its ill effects over a period of time.
Later addressing the congregation, the Shankaracharya asked people not to forget their religion while conducting their daily business. He said one should work within the limits of the rights bestowed upon him in order to attract divine grace .