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Bombay HC Refuses Permission For Procession To Lord Vitthal Temple On Ashadhi Ekadashi

Lawstreet Journal 4 Jul 2020 1:48am

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The pandemic induced lockdown in India has brought with it multiple controversies. From breach of rules by a religious congregation in Delhi to the Supreme Court allowing a religious procession to proceed without social distancing, these events have been under extraordinary public scrutiny with supporters vocalizing their support and critics voicing their opinions. Another event has been added to this list as observed by the High Court of Bombay.

In a matter on hand, the court recently refused to grant any relief to the WarkariSeva Sangh which had submitted a petition requesting permission for 100 members to participate in a six-kilometer procession carrying Sant Dyaneshwar’sPalkhi bearing Padukas (footwear) of the revered saint. The event was supposed to take place on the outskirts of Pandharpurain Solapur in the temple of Lord Vitthal.

The court held that in light of the prevailing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision of local administration was sufficient. The local administration and the temple committee decided to cancel the annual event and permit only 20 people to accompany the Palkhi on a state transport bus to the temple. 

The matter was heard by the bench od Justice Varale and Justice Tavade. Advocate Mihir Govilkar, the petitioner’s lawyer informed the bench that the tradition had been unbroken since it began irrespective of events like wars, famines, floods, or droughts. Representing WarkariSeva Sangh of Pune through its president Kishore Kamathe and others, he submitted that the Sangh had written to the Pune Divisional Commissioner seeking permission for the procession on 28th… Continue Reading...

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