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Pilgrimages should be developed according to faith and belief, not as tourist centers – VHP

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Indore. VHP agrees with the concern of Jain society to protect the sanctity of Parshwanath Parvat and Tirtharaj Sammed Shikhar, the eternal proven area. Issuing a press statement, the Working President of Vishva Hindu Parishad, Advocate Alok Kumar said that VHP is determined and striving to protect the sanctity of all the pilgrimage sites in India. We are of the clear opinion that no pilgrimage site should be converted into a tourist destination.

He said that we are constantly making efforts that each state government and the central government should form an independent pilgrimage ministry, which would develop pilgrimage sites according to the faith and belief of the followers.

VHP urges the Central and the State Government of Jharkhand to –

  1. The entire Siddha Kshetra Parshwanath mountain should be declared a holy area. There should not be any such activity which would hurt Jain beliefs. Meat and drug addiction cannot be allowed in any way within the limits of this pilgrimage area.
  2. The Ministry of Pilgrimage should be set up in Jharkhand soon, so that the development of Siddha Kshetra Parshwanath mountain as well as all other pilgrimage sites there should be according to the faith of the followers.
  3. Necessary amendments should be made in the related notifications so that Siddha Parshwanath Parvat and Tirtharaj Sammed peak can never be developed as tourist areas.

The Central Working President of VHP assured that VHP will make meaningful efforts to take necessary action in this direction along with the representatives of Jain community.

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