BKTC declares objections groundless as tradition and religious beliefs are upheld

A section of Teerth Purohits strongly objected to the Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) fixing the gold plating on part of the wall of the Garbh Grah (sanctum sanctorum) of Kedarnath Temple. Alleging that this goes against religious beliefs and amounts to altering ancient traditions, they have threatened to undertake an agitation if the gold plating is affixed to the walls of the sanctum sanctorum. On the other hand, the BKTC said that talking about tampering with the sanctum sanctorum is part of the opposition propaganda. He said traditions and religious beliefs are honored when repairing gold plating donated by a devotee. To this end, the silver plating that was fixed in 2017 has been removed from parts of the wall. The Teerth Purohits of Kedarnath objected to gold being covered with gold on part of the walls, four pillars and other objects inside the sanctum. The President of Kedarnath Teerth, Purohit Samaj Vinod Prasad Shukla, said that the Kedarnath temple dates back to the Mahabharat era, but its traditional aspects are now weathered. He said that it was not necessary to decorate the temple with gold because this sanctuary is a place of salvation and not of opulence. Teerth Purohit Santosh Trivedi said that the god would also reside in the four pillars inside the temple. However, electric drills are used to drill holes inside the sanctum sanctorum. “Kedarnath is Mokshdham and Kaliyug is known to be present in gold, so placing gold inside the sanctum places Kaliyug in the sanctum sanctorum. Such actions will not be permitted in the sanctum,” he said. -he declares.

Meanwhile, BKTC Chairman Ajendra Ajay said the advice of archaeological experts, religious beliefs and traditions were followed in the gold plating work in the temple’s Garbh Grah. On the proposal of a devotee in Maharashtra, the BKTC obtained permission from the state government for gold plating inside the shrine. The previously installed silver plating has been removed and only minimal additional work will be required to repair the gold plating. Calling the objections at this stage unfounded, he said religious beliefs and traditions are not altered for this. He said Hindu temples have been a symbol of grandeur since ancient times. “Those who oppose gold plating being fixed in the Garbh Grah at Kedarnath are quoting scriptures to spread misleading facts on social media. Necessary changes in religious sites are natural over time. Until a few decades ago, the roof of Kedarnath was made of grass and straw called Khadu in the local language. Some fields have also been allocated for the cultivation of khadu for the roof of the temple. Over time, the thatched roof was replaced with stone slabs which were replaced with a sheet metal shed which in turn was replaced with copper sheets,” Ajay said.