Mumbai – 10th October
The Division Bench of the Bombay High Court on 10th October allowed opening of 2 Jain temples Situated in the Dadar and Byculla area of Mumbai.
The Court was hearing a Application filed by Shri Atma Kamal Labdi Surishwarji Jain Gyan Mandir Trust and Sheth Motisha Religious and Charitable Trust.
The Court heard the Matter fully wherein Advocate Prafulla Shah for the Petitioners stated that the Five Day Diwali Festival was auspicious for the Jain Community and they performed Rituals like Jin Puja of the deity
in the temple mandatorily by covering the mouth and the nose of a person.
Ashutosh Kumbhkoni, Advocate General appearing for the State, however opposed such plea of the Petitioner and said if the Jain Community is allowed to open their temples it will be discriminatory not only to the Hindu Community but also to the Other Communities.
The Hon’ble Court after hearing the matter fully and at the end of all the arguments, ordered –
- Gyan Mandir Situtated at Dadar West, Mumbai 400 028 and Sheth Motisha Religious and Charitable Trust Temple Situated at Byculla to be opened for five days from 13th to 18th October between 6 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm for not more than 8 persons in the prayer hall.
- The Order shall be restricted to above mentioned petitioner temples trusts only, no other temple shall be allowed.
- This order shall not be considered as a precedent for opening up of other Temples in the City.
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