The Sringeri Shankaracharya Sharada Peetham and ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) have condemned the lynching of two Juna Akhara sadhus at Palghar and their driver.
In a statement, the Peetham said,
“The Sringeri Math condemns the unfortunate act of mob lynching at Palghar, Maharashtra on April 6, whose victims included Sadhu Sri Kalpavrukshagiri ji and Sadhu Sri Sushilgiri ji. Special prayers have been offered to Goddess Sharadamba for the departed.
Given the extra ordinary situation prevailing in the world today, the Sringeri Math appeals to every citizen of this country to maintain peace and harmony during such testing times. Prayers are being offered daily in the Math premises for the well-being of entire humanity.”
Sringeri Sharada Peetha is one of the four Advaita Vedanta monastery (matha) established by Adi Shankaracharya in Sringeri (Karnataka), the others being Dwaraka (Gujarat), Govardhana (Odisha) and Jyotirmath (Uttarakhand). The Sringeri matha is on the banks of the Tunga River in Chikkamagalur district located in the Western Ghats in Karnataka.
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (lSKCON) too has condemned the lynching and urged government authorities for a speedy trial to ensure justice is delivered. In a statement ISKCON said –
“The members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (lSKCON) are deeply pained to hear the news of the horrific lynching of Sriman Kalpavrukshagiri Maharaj and Sriman Sushilgiri Maharaj of the Juna Akhara along with their driver Shri Nilesh Telgade in Palghar district of Maharashtra a few days ago.
Our prayers are with the fellow Sadhus, friends and family members of the departed in this hour of grief and pray to Lord Krishna to give them the strength to overcome this grave loss. The troubling times we live in necessitates that we remember the teachings of Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita wherein he advice‘s us to see every life form as sacred and is to be respected and protected.
It is truly unfortunate that a sannyasi who sees the whole world as his family and is dedicated for the spiritual welfare of everyone were attacked so brutally.
We request the relevant government authorities for a speedy trial to ensure that justice is delivered.”
The two seers and their driver were going from Mumbai in a car towards Surat in Gujarat to attend the funeral of their guru, when they were stopped near a village in Palghar district allegedly on suspicion that they were ‘child lifters.’ After being held hostage for few hours, they were brutally lynched by the mob right in front of 10-12 policemen. The area where they were murdered is a hotbed of communist-missionary activity, and independent ground reports have suggested a deeper conspiracy behind the murders.
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