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    Differences between trustees, head priest lead to assault at Sigandur temple


    Differences between trustees, head priest cause attack at Sigandur temple

    DC seeks report on temple’s monetary deals.

    The Chowdeshwari Temple.


    DC looks for report on temple’s financial transactions.

    The Navaratri celebrations at Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple have actually started with untoward events, following distinctions in between the trustees and the primary priest of the temple.

    Video clips showing Subrahmanya Bhat, the more youthful brother of principal priest Sheshagiri Bhat, attacking an individual from the opposite camp led by S. Ramappa, the head of the trust, have gone viral across the State.

    Chowdeshwari Temple situated at Sigandur, on the backwaters of Sharavati, in Sagar taluk, is being managed by the family headed by Ramappa. Sheshagiri Bhat and his group care for everyday pooja and special homas on the temple properties.

    In the last few years, the temple has actually brought in enthusiasts from different areas causing increase in the income.

    The distinctions in between the 2 factions came to the fore after the government unwinded the lockdown to permit opening of religious places. A dispute over sharing the revenue is stated to be the factor for the debate. Ramappa and his followers allegedly took control of the facilities belonging to the priest so that he could not conduct unique poojas. There were instances of heated arguments in between 2 camps. Residents of area were likewise divided on the concern. There have been protests supporting each camp. Many organizations have advised the State government to take control of the temple. Former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa likewise released a statement supporting the demand for bringing the temple under Muzrai Department.

    Following the incident of assault on Friday, Deputy Commissioner K.B. Shivakumar and other senior officers checked out the temple on Saturday. The DC spoke with both Ramappa and Sheshagiri Bhat.

    The DC informed reporters he has advised the Assistant Commissioner of Sagar subdivision to submit a report on the financial deals of the temple within a week. The status report would be sent to the State government.

    When The Hindu reached Sheshagiri Bhat’s place to seek his reaction, his household members said he had actually gone to a healthcare facility as he had a fever. A person near to the principal priest, on the condition of anonymity, stated Ramappa was not permitting the priest to carry out Chandi Homa as part of Navarathri. “The trust is not allowing us to carry out homas that we have actually been doing for years. Only family members remain in the trust. We desire there to be a trust involving regional individuals, not one household,” he stated.

    However, members of the trust do not support this demand. Ravi Sigandur, among the trustees and son of Ramappa, informed The Hindu that the trust could not consist of others. “It is a deity of our household. With many individuals in the trust, we can not take quick decisions and address urgent requirements. Nevertheless, there can be a coordination committee, which can guidance us,” he stated.

    On The Other Hand, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has revealed disappointment over the events at the temple. “Such occurrences should not have happened in the name of deity,” he told presspersons at Shikaripur on Sunday. On the demand for Muzrai Temple taking over the temple, the CM said he would go over the concern with Deputy Commissioner of Shivamogga and others.

    ( the headline, this story has actually not been released by Important India News personnel and is released from a syndicated feed.).


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