Akhara Parishad demands inclusion in temple trust; outfit’s president meets Sangh chief | India News – Times of India


PRAYAGRAJ: Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) president Narendra Giri on Monday demanded that the Parishad should be included in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust.
Giri put forward the demand to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, whom he met in Chitrakoot on Monday. ABAP is the apex-decision making body of the 13 recognised Hindu religious akharas or monastic orders of the country.
“On behalf of ABAP, I have demanded from Bhagwat that the Parishad should be included in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust. Further, two jagatgurus and mahants of the three Ani akharas of ABAP were made ex-officio members of the trust. Along with this, ABAP president and general secretary should be included in the Trust as members,” Giri told TOI on Tuesday.
“Apart from demanding inclusion of prominent seers in the trust, we have told Bhagwat that soon different groups of seers of ABAP would visit various parts of the country and spread awareness against rising cases of religious conversion,” said Giri.
“We have also demanded that a strong policy should be made to stop this evil of religious conversion following which, those who try to change their religion because of greed or under influence and lure, should be stopped,” he added.
Giri claimed that Bhagwat informed him that though RSS does not interfere in the matters of the Trust, he would make sure that ABAP demand “definitely reaches the government”.
On this occasion, the Parishad president extended blessings of Lord Hanuman to the RSS chief. Other office-bearers of the Sangh were also present on this occasion.
Incidentally, RSS leaders are holding a brainstorming session at Chitrakoot to chalk out the future course of Sangh activities.
The 13 akharas of the country comprise three ‘anis’ which are Digambar Ani (group of three akharas), Nirvani Ani (seven akharas) and Nirmohi Ani (also called Udasin and is a group of three akharas).





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