The Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust of Andhra Pradesh has come out against the practice of celebrating New Year in the state’s temples. The trust has issued a notice to temple authorities, directing them to impose a ban on New Year darshans and decorations.
The circular mentioned that new year festivities in temples was against Hindu and Telgu traditions. According to the circular, however, temples ought to celebrate New year only on Ugadi, the first day of the year for Telugus.
Temple management and priests were directed not to spend money on floral decorations and making special arrangements. Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust Secretary CV Raghavachariyalu held that temples were following the English calendar instead of the Hindu one. He also stated that temples were using lakhs of rupees donated by devoted and that this was ‘inappropriate’
Ugadi, the spring festival, marks the beginning of the new year in the Telugu calender. It will be celebrated on March 18 is year. Andhra Pradesh, Tel
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