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Shankaracharyas say, ‘land allotment at Kumbh Mela area in Allahabad faulty’

Allahabad, Dec. 26 (ANI): A controversy erupted on Wednesday over land allotment at the Kumbh Mela to be held in Allahabad, as four holy seers, representatives of Shankaracharyas alleged faulty land allotment on the part of the Kumbh Mela administration.

The Shankaracharyas of the four peeths, Dwarika and Badrinath (both headed by Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati), Puri (headed by Swami Nischalananda Saraswati) and Shringeri (headed by Swami Bharati Teerth), wanted to have their camps in one block and in this regard had put forward their request to the Mela administration.

However, as the seers set their camps, they were accused of having encroached upon un-allotted land of a seer, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand, which was illegal and were told to vacate the spot and camp somewhere else in the Mela area.

The four Shankaracharyas left the Kumbh Mela area on Wednesday after negotiations with the authorities brought forth no results.

Upon their arrival, Swaroopanand’s disciple Swami Avimukteshwaranand held a protest with several other ascetics at the Mela’s premises after the seers left.

While talking to mediapersons, Avimukteshwaranand said that the incident has exposed the double standards of the authorities, as they threatened the holy seers.

The authorities refused to comment on this matter and instead said it’s their duty to provide assistance to people in case any trouble occurs at the Mela .

“I don’t want to say anything on it as of now. Swamiji has given his statement before everyone. Our organization does not want to go ahead on this issue. We have to serve everyone here, and if anybody faces any problem here than we will try to find a solution for it,” said Maniprasad Mishra, an official of the organising committee.

The controversy of seers at the Mela has left a bad taste among thousands of ascetics who have gathered in Allahabad for the holy fair.

The Kumbh Mela, which will be held from January 14 to March 10, takes place after every twelve years, rotating among Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar, and Ujjain. (ANI)