Fire at Kedarnath sanctum sanctorum sparks protests

DEHRADUN: A section of priests (teerth purohits) of the

Kedarnath

shrine — located at a height of 11,755 feet in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand — have started coming out in protest against the process of gold-plating of the walls of the sanctum sanctorum following the donation of gold by a devotee from Maharashtra.

#WATCH | #Uttarakhand : Protests in Kedarnath as drilling used to gold-plate walls https://t.co/nJjXPDbngE

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Worried priests have released a series of videos to highlight their concern and written to the Shri Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) requesting an immediate halt to the work.

One of the videos released by priests shows a wooden board turning black near ‘akhand jyoti’

One of the videos released by priests shows a wooden board turning black near the ‘akhand jyoti’ (eternal flame), “something that has never happened before”. The priests claimed that it “even caught fire”. They added, “The irresponsible work of the authorities which led to the small fire could have easily spread all over. It is not a good sign”.

#WATCH | #Uttarakhand : Protests in Kedarnath as drilling used to gold-plate walls https://t.co/w7BUosElT4

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In another video, a priest can be seen holding a drillling machine and heard saying, “I brought this from the sanctum sanctorum. With it, holes are being made into the centuries-old holy structure.”

Ankur Shukla, a priest, on Saturday, told TOI: “The Kedarnath temple is from the time of the Pandavas and there is no logic behind tampering with the original structure.” As part of the “beautification” process, the interior boundary wall, four pillars, jalhari and chhatra of the sanctum sanctorum will soon be covered in a gold sheet.

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