"Cannot allow Jain temples to open on Paryushan", Maharashtra Government tells High Court

    15-Aug-2020
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By giving the reason of Coronavirus pandemic, the Maharashtra Government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday (August 13) that it could not permit Jain temples in the city to open for devotees to mark the festival of Paryushan.
 
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The petitioners had sought permission to enter their temples during the eight-day Paryushan festival which is beginning from August 15 and end on August 22.
 
According to report, on Thursday, Advocate Prakash Shah urged the court to ask the State Government to consider permitting just '10 to 20' people in the temples at a time.
 
'This won't be possible. If you noticed, yesterday, there were no Govindas on the streets,' the HC bench said referring to the restrictions on the Janmashtami celebrations this year in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
The also said that it did not wish to interfere with the State's decision right now. 'Wait till September; we are sure the State will consider your representation when it revises its guidelines,' it said.
 
Paryushan is the most important annual holy event for Jains and is usually celebrated in August or September in Hindi calendar. Jains increase their level of spiritual intensity often using fasting and prayer/meditation.
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