Karnataka

Detractors of ‘Souharda Koota’ know nothing about Hinduism: Pejawar seer

Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt said on Sunday that those opposing the ‘Souharda Upahara Koota’ organised by him — where a gathering of Muslims broke their fast at the Annabrahma dining hall in the Sri Krishna Mutt/Temple complex on June 24 — knew nothing about Hindu religious texts, shastras and traditions.

Speaking to reporters, he said he had never called the event “iftar”. He said the ‘Souharda Upahara Koota’ was an event to be happy and not one to regret. There was no “insult” to the Hindu religion as some people are claiming, he said. “Their opposition is the height of hatred for any other religion. There should not be such an attitude.”

“The namaz was not offered in the mutt but on the second floor of the the dining hall, located outside the temple. There is a fair amount of distance between the temple and the dining hall,” the seer said.

He also said there were different philosophies and schools of thought, including ‘Dwaita,’ ‘Advaita’ and ‘Vishistadwaita’, among Hindus. They all have their own traditions and exist in harmony. “So there should be harmony among religions,” he said.

On the demand of the Hindu Janajagriti Samiti (HJS) that the dining hall should be purified with cow urine, the seer said there was no merit in this as no offence was committed by offering prayers at the hall.

The seer refused to respond to Sri Rama Sene founder Pramod Muthalik’s reported statement that if such an event recurs, there will be bloodshed. “I do not want to give any opportunity to provoke violence. There has been no blemish on the sanctity of the temple. Muslims cannot pray in the temple. Hence, the prayers were held in a dining hall. The sanctity of both Hindu and Muslim religions remains unaffected. [Those objecting] are using this to create disturbance,” he said.

Asked if he was saddened by the controversy, the seer said, “I am unaffected by it. I am just following my routine as always.”

Protest

Meanwhile, members of the district units of Sri Rama Sene and HJS offered prayers to a photograph of Lord Krishna and sang bhajans in front of the Clock Tower on Sunday, protesting against the June 24 congregation. The protest began at 11 a.m. and ended by 11.40 a.m.

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