The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Jharkhand government to consider reopening the historic Baba Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple at Deoghar and the Baba Basukinath temple at Basukinath. The entry of devotees into these temples was banned due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The apex court said that virtual 'darshan' for worship is not like real darshan and devotees can be allowed in limited numbers.
The apex court was of the opinion that since everything is reopening in the country, temples, mosques, churches and other religious places should also be opened at least on important occasions. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari on the plea of BJP MP Nishikant Dubey refused to allow them to reopen these historic temples and hold Shravani Mela in Deoghar instead of virtual darshan of the Jharkhand High Court Said this in view of the order of July 3.
Petition challenging the order of Jharkhand High Court executed
Court said - all things are opening up again in the country, so why not religious places
The Supreme Court also said
The virtual 'darshan' of temples is not like real philosophy
Temples, mosques, churches and other religious places should also be opened on important occasions
Need to take care of social distance and other guidelines
While disposing of the petition filed in this regard, the bench told the Jharkhand government that when things have started opening up in the country, it should consider opening the temples. The court said that a large number of priests can be allowed to enter the Deoghar temple, the government should consider allowing a few hundred people to visit Darshan on the basis of online booking at different times, following social distancing. .
MP Dubey had said in his appeal that the High Court failed to properly appreciate the fact that the faith of Shiva devotees in Baba Baidyanath Temple and Baba Basukinath Temple is incomparable and has been prominently described in various religious texts.
Petitioner's argument - priests are allowed, so why not devotees
Advocate for petitioner Godda MP Nishikant Dubey said that the administration is allowing pandas in the temple, but devotees cannot go inside. Why so? Expressing unhappiness over this, the Supreme Court questioned Salman Khurshid, a lawyer for the Government of Jharkhand, how can such devotees be allowed to be kept separate?
Jharkhand government bid - barely a dozen priests and local people
Advocates Salman Khurshid and Tapesh Kumar Singh, appearing for the government of Jharkhand, said the figure of thirty thousand was wrong and said that there were hardly a dozen priests and local people who worshiped in the traditional way this year. Khurshid said that the state government has decided to keep all religious places closed due to Corona. May announce full lockdown soon.
Supreme court's suggestion to state government
The state government can make arrangements if devotees are allowed to visit the temple in limited numbers.
For this, issuing e-tokens to devotees can also be a way.
Like the Mahakal temple of Ujjain, arrangements can be made here as well.
Not only for the remaining two days of Sawan, but there should be an effort to implement the new system in the upcoming Purnamasi and Bhado months.
If not the people of other states, then at least the people of their state should have the opportunity to visit.