Sai Baba Devotees Protest Demolition Of 10 Year Old Temple

Sai Baba Of Shirdi

Sai Baba Of Shirdi

Sai Baba Devotees Protest Demolition Of 10 Year Old Temple

Devotees protest temple demolition
7 Oct 2008, 0630 hrs IST,TNN

BANGALORE: What started with one person complaining about a noisy temple bell in September has transformed into a mass protest against demolition of
the temple. Close to a hundred people – devotees, representatives of All India Sri Shirdi Sai Movement and Sai Mandirs across South India – protested before the Gandhi statue on MG Road on Monday. They are against the demolition of the 10-year-old Shirdi Sai Mandir in Kamakshipalya.

Their three main demands: immediate withdrawal of the BBMP’s demolition order, regularization of the temple structure and action against corrupt officials who violated BBMP norms by passing the order within 24 hours. The All India Shirdi Sai Movement plans to take up the issue on a national level if the demands are not fulfilled by October 16.

According to the protesters, an issue that could’ve been sorted out through an understanding with neighbours was blown out of proportion and took an illegal turn.

“We aren’t against the regularization drive but it should be justified. The issue was unnoticed for the past 10 years; the order was issued within 24 hours. I am really upset,” said D Gangappa, a retired IAS officer who was among the protesters.

BBMP commissioner S Subramanya said: “The BBMP is also God-fearing and has nothing against the temple. However, the temple authorities had no answer when asked about a sanctioned building plan.” (Reference)

Shirdi Sai Baba

Shirdi Sai Baba

10-yr-old temple faces demolition
23 Sep 2008, 0426 hrs IST,TNN

BANGALORE: A small Sri Shirdi Sai Baba temple near Magadi Road is facing a threat of demolition by the BBMP. While the civic agency is backing the de
cision, saying the temple violates provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, temple authorities allege that their neighbour – wife of a high court judge – influenced the move.

The 10-year-old temple in Kamakshipalaya on Magadi Road is built on private land. A devotee leased his revenue site to the temple trust for a period of 20 years. The trust also runs a school for the hearing-and-speechimpaired here. Trouble started after a two-day Namasmarana was held in the temple on September 16-17 . The round-theclock name-chanting service was part of the trust’s annual activity.
The judge’s wife allegedly complained about the ‘constant, loud noise of bells’ on September 17, and asked temple authorities to relocate the mandir. Ramprasad Guruji, president of the trust, tried to convince her but was met with resistance and warned of consequences if they failed to relocate . At 11 pm the same day, a team of BBMP officials visited the temple, asking for documents. At 6 pm the next day, the trust was informed that the temple will be demolished.

“It is not just the decision to demolish the temple that surprises us, but also the speed with which the BBMP arrived at it,” Ramprasad Guruji said. BBMP maintained that as the plan is not approved, the temple will be demolished, if not relocated.

Trustees and devotees met law minister S Suresh Kumar on Monday. The demolition has been put on hold. However , they want more than a temporary respite and are pushing for a permanent end to the demolition threat. (Reference)

Shree Sai Baba

Shree Sai Baba

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