Telangana priest echoes Andhra govt call, says will punish those who celebrate New Year’s at temples

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Andhra Pradesh government notification against ‘western’ new year finds support among temple trusts and priests.

After the recent notification of Endowment department of Andhra Pradesh banning new year celebration at temples, several temples chiefs and priests of both Telugu states too has come out in support of the move.

One of the richest temple of the country Balaji temple of Tirupati has also decided to not celebrate new year on 1st of January, instead it will celebrate “Ugadi” as new year. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), an independent trust which manages the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, the second richest and the most visited religious center in the world has took a decision in this regard.

“We are carrying the same decoration of the Lord, which was done for Vaikunta Ekadasi as it falls before new year. But, we have never decorated the temple exclusively for New Year. The same will be followed this year too. We only do Vaikunta Ekadasi and Ugadi grandly ”  said Executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal

The famous Kanaka Durga temple of Vijayawada too has decided not to make extra arrangement on the 1st January and decided to promote Telugu new year Ugadhi which come on 14th January.

” the Hindu New year begins on chaitra masam, means Ugadi day and we are happy to announce that we never celebrated at Kanak Durga Temple. This year however Nataraja Kalyanam is falling on January 1st so we are making preparation for that” said Smt. A. Surya Kumari, Executive Officer Sri Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawad.

Meanwhile the head priest of  Chilkur Balaji, one of the famous temple of Telangana has also announced opposition of new year celebration and warned the devotees to not celebrate and wish each other on the New Year in the temple premises.

“People of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana celebrate Ugadhi as New year, but due to the influence of western culture our young generation has started deviating from our culture. I support the circular of Andhra Pradesh Government and I welcome it. Meanwhile I am making it cleare that if a devotee comes to my temple and celebrate new year on 1st, I will punish them. our new year is Ugadi they should remember. I request Telangana government too pass such circular banning English new year celebration in temples” said head priest Soundara Rangarajan.

Earlier the Hindu Dharma Prachara Trust of endowments department of Andhra Pradesh on 21 December issued a notification (Rc.No.29/HDPT/2017) signed by its secretary Dr Chilakapati Vijaya Raghava Charyulu asking temples to not celebrate or do special preparation on January 1st marking as new year which is western culture.

Source: India Today

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