Thursday, October 22, 2020
Home North Uttar Pradesh Huge crowd outside Banke Bihari Temple in UP; police pull up temple...

Huge crowd outside Banke Bihari Temple in UP; police pull up temple officials

Mathura (UP), Oct 18 : Social distancing norms went for a toss as a huge crowd of people gathered outside the popular Banke Bihari Temple here on Saturday as it opened after over seven months in view of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

The police reached the spot to control the crowd and accused the temple authorities of mismanagement.

“The indecisive temple officials are responsible for the crowd outside the temple amid the pandemic situation,” Deputy SP Ramesh Chand Tewari said.

He said the temple authorities failed to put in place a proper registration mechanism to prevent crowding of people.

This has led to confusion among the devotees, the officer said.

Tewari added that the police cannot lathicharge innocent devotees for the fault of the temple management.

The temple manager, Munish Sharma, said it had been decided to permit a limited number of devotes into the complex every day after they register themselves online.

However, we faced issues with the online system and are trying to fix the glitches, he said.

Meanwhile, a war of words broke out between Sharma and the temple priest over the incident.

Sharma alleged that the main priest, Shailendra Goswami, failed to open the shrine to devotees at 8 am, following which a lot of people had to wait outside.

He said Goswami was busy performing special pooja for a select number of devotees inside the temple complex.

The priest, however, refuted the charges.

He said he was given entry into the temple at 8 am and that it usually takes two hours to adorn the deity with jewels and clothes.

“We completed the ‘shringaar’ (adorning the deity with jewels) in less than two hours as it was already late,” Goswami said.

He said he has lodged a complaint with civil judge (Junior division) regarding the conduct of the temple manager.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Pak resorted to 3,800 ceasefire violations along LoC this year: MEA

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Pakistani troops have resorted to more than 3,800 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC)...

Pakistan’s apex court adjourns Daniel Pearl murder case for 4 weeks

Islamabad, Oct 22: Pakistan's apex court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal against the acquittal of British-born al-Qaeda leader...

NEET, JEE exams next year should be based on reduced syllabus: Sisodia to Centre

New Delhi, Oct 22 : Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday suggested that syllabus for all classes should be reduced to 50 per...

Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement

Vatican City, Oct 22: Question swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis' bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he...


MP CM, Scindia sit on fast against Nath’s remark on minister

Bhopal, Oct 19 : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BJP MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other party leaders...

Punjab CM moves resolution in assembly against Centre’s farm laws

Chandigarh, Oct 20 : Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday tabled a draft resolution in the Punjab assembly rejecting the three farm laws enacted...

Pak Army chief orders inquiry into ‘incident’ involving arrest of Sharif’s son-in-law

Karachi, Oct 21 : Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the "incidents" took place in Karachi, a day...

Pollution could worsen COVID-19 impact in winter: Experts

New Delhi, Oct 16 : As smoky and hazy skies are back to haunt Delhi-NCR after a few months of blue skies and clean...