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Demand to reopen Jain temples should be considered during Paryushan: Bombay HC

The Bombay HC directed the Maharashtra government to consider representations by the Jain community asking for permission to enter the Jain temples during the eight-day Paryushan festival.

Demand to reopen Jain temples should be considered during Paryushan: Bombay HC
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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday, August 11, directed the Maharashtra government to consider representations by the Jain community asking for permission to enter the Jain temples during the eight-day Paryushan festival and submit its decision to the court by August 13.

The Paryushan festival, which is starting from August 15, has witnessed the Jain community demanding the reopening of places of worship. Many leaders have also written to the government with regards to the festival. During this festival time, Jains increase their level of spiritual intensity often using methods of fasting and meditation. The five main vows are emphasized during this time. Moreover, there are no set rules, and followers are encouraged to practice according to their ability and desires.

A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Madhav Jamdar was hearing two petitions, filed by Ankit Vora and Shree Trustee Atma Kamal Labdhisurishwarji Jain Gyanmandir Trust.

The petitioners further questioned the opening of malls, salons, liquor stores and the resumption of shops and market places, and not places of worship, where the same social distancing protocols can be used and followed to ensure the safety for the people.

The Bombay High Court in response stated that while people are allowed to attend weddings and funerals during the coronavirus outbreak, the state government should also consider opening places of worship for all religions with certain restrictions. Moreover, the Emergency Management Department of the state government has been asked to consider the matter and clarify its position by August 13.

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