Udupi: Pejawara Matt pontiff Sri Vishweshatheertha Swamiji has dismissed the allegations that he has a dual stand regarding the entry of women in Sabarimala temple.
Speaking at a press meet held at Pejawara Matt on Friday, January 4, Vishweshatheertha Swamiji said, “I am not opposing the shastras in religion. But to some extent, I have violated the shastras by visiting Dalit colonies and agreeing to ban 'made snana' and 'ede snana' at Sri Krishna Matt.”
"As far as Sabarimala issue is concerned, neither the court nor the state government should interfere in the temple's traditions. The Hindu religious heads and sadhus should have a discussion and take a decision if any problem occurs. I am not insulting the women community. There was the entry for women over certain age limits in the past. BJP and Congress oppose the decisions taken by the religious heads. But these parties should value the sentiments of Hindu community. The governments should not interfere in any manner in traditions of the temples. Government should respect the traditions,” Swamiji added.
"I am not against the shastras. The court and the government should ask the opinion of the people. They should hold meetings with religious heads. Why is the court interfering with the sentiments of Hindus?" asked Pejawara seer.
He further added that while untouchability is unjust, talak is also wrong.
Swamiji said that he will support the protest urging to find missing fishermen in Malpe. He will plan to go to Delhi and speak with the national leaders with regard to the missing fishermen.
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