`We see a confluence of knowledge, science and philosophy'
MYSORE: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani has sought China's cooperation to facilitate pilgrims from India on Kailash Mansarovar yatra to take an alternative route in the disputed territory.
Mr. Advani, who was speaking at a religious function organised at Suttur on Thursday, said the present route was cumbersome and dangerous and there was an alternative route for the yatra from Dhamchok in Leh. This route was connected to the Kailash region and was motorable, but it passed through the disputed territory.
Mr. Advani said that he raised the issue during his talks with senior Chinese leaders when they visited India recently and impressed upon them the importance attached by Indians to pilgrimages. Though the visiting delegation remarked that the route was in the disputed territory, Mr. Advani said one should, while discussing the border issue, facilitate the pilgrims to undertake the yatra through the safe route.
Mr. Advani lauded the services of religious and spiritual leaders from the State and noted that most of the seers had clubbed education and health care with spirituality. He referred to his visit to Lahore and said an ancient Shiva temple that found a mention in the Mahabharatha was in a dilapidated state. Following his appeal to the Pakistan Government to help restore the temple, a delegation from that country recently visited India to seek Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami of Suttur Math and Shivakumar Mahaswami of Siddaganga Math were present.