Ozar, Pune : Temples are the foundation of Hindu Dharma. People get drawn to temples even in prevailing times due to the divine energy emanated by temples; therefore, it is the duty of Hindus to protect the sanctity of temples. It is necessary to bring together temple trustees, priests and devotees to preserve the divinity of temples through performing ritualistic worship in temples, conserving ancient temple culture, solving various problems of temples, providing facilities to devotees going to temples for ‘Darshan’, managing the crowd queuing up for ‘Darshan’, and protection of traditions followed by temples. The second ‘Maharashtra Mandir Parishad’ has been jointly organised, with this aim, by Shri Vighnahar Ganapati Mandir Devasthan, Lenyadri Mandir Devasthan, Shri Kshetra Bhimashankar Devasthan, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and Maharashtra Mandir Mahasangh, on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2023 at Shri Vighnahar Hall, Ozar, District Pune. For this conference, Chief Minister of Maharashtra state Shri. Eknath Shinde has been personally invited. The Chief Minister has assured that a minister will attend the inaugural session on behalf of the government. The above information was given by Maharashtra Mandir Mahasangh’s Coordinator Mr. Sunil Ghanwat in a press conference.
On this Press Conference Shri Vighnahar Ozar Ganapati Mandir President Mr. Ganesh Kavade, Shri Lenyadri Devasthan President Mr. Jitendra Bidwai, Shri Bhimashankar Devasthan President Adv. Suresh Kaudare and Sadhguru Swati Khadaye, Dharma pracharak of Sanatan Sanstha were also present.
Mr Sunil Ghanwat said on the occasion that More than 634 invited temple trustees, representatives, priests, and advocates fighting legal cases for the protection of temples, scholars, etc from across Maharashtra will attend the Conference. Maharashtra Mandir Mahasangh (Mahasangh) was set up in the first ‘Maharashtra Mandir Nyas Parishad’ held at Jalgaon. The activities of Mahasangh are increasing with time and have reached all over the State within four months. Dress Code has been implemented in 262 temples across Maharashtra within six months and more and more temples are implementing the Dress Code.
Some of the eminent personalities attending this Conference are Supreme Court’s advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, the spokesperson of ‘Hindu Front for Justice’; Mr Nilesh Khare, the Editor of ‘Zee 24 Taas’ marathi news channel; Mahant Sudhirdas Pujari of Nashik Shri Kalaram Mandir, Former Charity Commissioner of Maharashtra State Mr. Dilip Deshmukh, Assistant Director of Archeology Department (Pune) Mr. Vilas Vahane, Temple trustees of Shri Ashtavinayak Mandir; trustees of ‘Jyotirlinga Devasthan’ of Maharashtra; trustees of Sant Tukaram Maharaj Mandir, Dehu; besides Mr Chetan Rajhans, the National Spokesperson of Sanatan Sanstha; Mr Ramesh Shinde, National Spokesperson of HJS, etc. The discussions will be on ‘How to make temples, the centres of ‘Dharmaprasar’; ‘How to release temples from Government’s control’; ‘Solutions to encroachments on temple lands under Wakf Law’; ‘Ban on sale of meat and liquor in and around temple areas’; ‘The revival of neglected temples’, etc. The Conference is only for invitees and the ‘Mahasangh’ has appealed to interested people to contact 70203 83264 to participate.