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VHP distances itself from parikrama after hype

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ayodhya, September 23, 2013
First Published: 10:46 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:51 IST(23/9/2013)

Saints from Andhra Pradesh performed a yagya at karsewakpuram under tight security here on Sunday before beginning the panch kosi parikrama in the temple town for which the Faizabad district administration has given a conditional clearance.

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The parikrama per se will begin at 8am on Monday. On the subsequent days, it will start daily by 6am followed by a yagna at 4pm at karsewakpuram.

Faizabad district magistrate VK Dewedi said the parikrama was cleared subject to certain riders.

Significantly, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which had hyped up this parikrama sought to deny any direct linkage with the programme saying that it was an all-saint parikrama, in which VHP’s role was merely that of a facilitator.

As for the residents of the temple town, they appeared disinterested in the parikrama plan.

“We have got nothing to do with it. It’s a VHP programme that is being carried out quite unusually in pitra paksh, when Hindus usually do not undertake any religious activity,” said Brij Kishore Pandey, who sells religious items at Naya ghat.

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