“Gomantak Mandir and Dhaarmik Sanstha Mahasangh” will be set up in Goa on Saturday to protect temples from theft and desecration.


Voicing their protest against the Government's “failure” to curb theft in temples, the organisers indicated their plans to mobilise temple trustees to chart out an action plan to oppose the move to demolish unauthorised shrines. The inaugural function of the mahasangh will be held at Sri Sant Gadge Maharaj Hall in Porvorim at 4 p.m.

Chandrakant alias Bhai Pandit, Chairman of Sree Ganesh Temple, Mapusa, is the chairman of the ad hoc committee of the mahasangh.

Rajkumar Desai, chairman of Sree Nilkant Brahmeshwar Temple, Porvorim, is the vice- chairman.

Activist of the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) Jayesh Thali is the convenor of the mahasangh.

The mahasangh proposes to coordinate among temples and religious organisations to provide free legal assistance to temple committees to resolve issues, impart “Dharmashikshan” (religious education) to the youth, propagate the philosophy of Sanatan Dharma, provide guidance for application of temple funds for the welfare of society, compel the Government to work out effective measures to curb desecration of idols and temple theft, and prevail upon the Government against demolishing unauthorised shrines.