Jain community protests against the decision of the Jharkhand govt to declare 'sacred' Shri Sammed Shikharji a tourist place
A 72-year old priest has died after fasting for 9 days in protest while another priest has been fasting since Dec 25
Members of the Jain community protest in Mumbai against the decision of the Jharkhand govt to declare 'sacred' Shri Sammed Shikharji a tourist place
Raj Thackarey said, "Shri Sammed Shikharji is a pilgrimage centre for the Jain community in Jharkhand. This holy place should not be declared as a tourist spot; as it will compromise the sanctity of the site. These are the sentiments stated by the Jain community."
He further said, "The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena stands in support of these sentiments of the Jain community. Keeping these sentiments in mind, the Jharkhand government should take back their decision. If not, the central government should intervene.
Another Jain monk gave up his life for the Jain pilgrimage center Sammed Shikhar. Muni Samarth Sagar passed away on Thursday at 1.20 pm. This is the second saint in four days, who left his body. On Friday morning, as soon as the information about leaving the body of the saint was received, a large number of people of the Jain community started reaching the temple.
The dol yatra of the saint was taken out from Sanghiji temple to Vidyadhar Nagar. On this occasion, Jain Saint Shashank Sagar said that until the Jharkhand government declares Sammed Shikhar as a place of pilgrimage, the sages will continue to offer such sacrifices.