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?Kundalpur temples not protected?

RESOLUTION OF the dispute over ownership of the Kundalpur Jain temples in Damoh district now rests on the State Government?s reply as the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) told MP High Court today the presentation of the revenue records would clarify the actual status in this regard.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 12:47 IST

RESOLUTION OF the dispute over ownership of the Kundalpur Jain temples in Damoh district now rests on the State Government’s reply as the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) told MP High Court today the presentation of the revenue records would clarify the actual status in this regard.

The issue has brought the ASI and the Jain community face-to-face. The town recently witnessed protracted agitation over ASI’s claim that the temples were protected property.    

The State Government is yet to file a reply to the court notice issued during hearing of its plea to check shifting of Bade Baba idol from the old temple to the new structure in January last.

The Shri Digamber Jain Atishay Chhetra Kundalpur Public Trust today said in reply to the court notice that the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 provisions are not applicable on its 58 temples in Kundalpur
including the main temple from where Bade Baba (Bhagwan Adinath) sculpture was shifted to the new temple.

The old temple was damaged in the process of shifting the tall idol of Bade Baba to the new temple. The Trust filed copies of revenue records to support its claim that temples are private property and the Trust holds the ownership rights. Therefore, the temples were not protected monuments.

Also, the Trust claimed that the ASI was not spending a single penny over maintenance and repairing of the temples. In 1976 it was the Trust that built a new dome on the old temple where Bade Bada sculpture was installed previously, the Trust further argued. 

The construction for new temple started in 1999 where Bade Baba idol was shifted in January last, the Trust said and objected the ASI stand on the temples raised after a lapse of seven years since the construction started.

Justice KK Lahoti heard the Trust counsels’ NS Kale, Hemant Shrivatava, A Bhowmick and Kapil Patwardhan before granting a fortnight’s time to the ASI counsel KN Pethia to make counter submission.

The ASI counsel Pethia stated the State Government was yet to file a reply to the court notice. The court on January 17 last had directed for keeping status quo over shifting of the sculpture from the ancient protected temple to new temple.

Jain trust stand
The Trust filed copies of revenue records to support its claim that temples are private property and the Trust holds the ownership rights. Therefore, the temples were not protected monuments.