Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Goverdhan Peeth, Puri, speaking at a press conference, the day before Car Festival. He heavily reacted on the way the Govt. addressed the issue on ascending the Chariots during Ratha Yatra.
The Govt. had written a letter to the Shankaracharya to climb on the chariots alone and keep away his disciples from getting into the Chariots. As per the tradition, the Shankaracharya visits the 3 chariots after the pahandi of the deities. At that time number of disciples accompany him. However, this year the Temple Administration requested him to visit the chariots alone.
Reacting on the letter of the Administration Shankaracharya questioned the functioning of the Govt. on the issue. After this press conference of Swami Nischalananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Goverdhan Peeth, Puri, the controversy on Ratha Yatra traditions has gone to the next level.
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