Karnataka's temple flex board says 'parking only for Hindu devotees'
Karnataka's coastal area has once again come into limelight after a temple flex board mentioned that the parking areas outside the temple premises is only for Hindu devotees and banned parking for others. The temple authorities justified its action.
Claiming that there was security issues and other vehicles were overspeeding in the temple premises and many vehicles were parked overnight, the temple in Puttur in Karnataka's coastal area has a put up a flex board claiming that the parking at the temple premises will henceforth be allowed only for 'Hindu devotees'.
Talking to Asianet Newsable Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple Administrative Committee President, Keshav Prasad Muliya, Puttur said that the temple never said that the other communities are banned here, it only said the parking is allowed only for temple devotees.
"The temple is in the process of building a compound and as a first step, the flex was put up. The reason is that many non-temple activities were taking place and other vehicles were parked overnight and this was a concern," opined Muliya.
He justified putting up such a flex saying that he never questioned similar actions by other communities as he feels it is their particular duty to safeguard religious places.
Taking objections to this move by the temple administration, former MLA Shakunthala Shetty opined that, instead of such flexes, the temple administration should collect parking fees and think of generating revenue.
She further opined that, by doing this, the temple administration will not just earn revenue but also ensure to apply brakes on non-temple activities as every vehicle movement coming to temple premises will be monitored.
"The temple does not just witness only Hindus devotees but also from other communities," said Shetty.
A few years back, a temple in Kodagu also issued a dress code as the community felt that their sentiments were being hurt by some devotees.
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