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Petition filed in the Allahabad High Court challenges the 'Sugam Darshan' System in Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, claims it is a 'way of collecting money'

Lawstreet Journal 8 Oct 2021 10:10pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Petition filed in the Allahabad High Court challenges the 'Sugam Darshan' System in Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, claims it is a 'way of collecting money'

A petition has been filed in Allahabad High Court challenging the 'Sugam Darshan' system, which was launched in 2018 and allows anyone to become a 'VIP' (Very Important Person) on amount of payment for the purpose of ‘darshan' in the Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Banaras, Uttar Pradesh.

It states that, "this ‘queue-less’, ‘hassle-free’ Darshan system is infact nothing but a way of collecting money."

The petitioner, Gajendra Singh Yadav, a D.Phil. (Law) student at Allahabad University, states that the 'Sugam Darshan' system is not intended for Divyangs or disabled people.

He has claimed that if the Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple trust/board was willing to provide convenience for physically disabled people, there would have been no need for payment.

He further contended that this service should be provided for free to disabled people because similar facilities are provided to disabled people/divyangs in all government or public buildings, offices, and institutions, etc. 

According to the petition, 'Sugam Darshan' costs Rs. 300.00, Rudrabhishek 'Arti' costs Rs. 450-57100, Bhog costs Rs. 180-700, Rs. 3000, Shringari costs Rs. 5000, and Lakhbilwarchana costs Rs. 8660 as stated on the official website portal of Sri Kashi Vishwanath Temple trust.

The petitioner claims that, while the system of various types of darshans has been in place at Kashi Vishwanath Temple for many years, he is drawing the court's attention to a new system of Darshan that allows anyone to become a 'VIP' (Very Important Person) for a fee and discriminates against similarly situated people with less… Continue Reading...


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