Priests ought not to obstruct communication between devotee and God : Delhi High Court

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New Delhi | February 10, 2017 9:27 PM

Priests ought not to obstruct communication between devotees and God, the Delhi High Court today said while giving suggestions on managing the rush of people at Kalkaji Temple here.

The observation came from Justice J R Midha who also said that the "working in the temple has to improve. This is not the way. I am concerned whether a temple should be run in this way". (PTI)The observation came from Justice J R Midha who also said that the “working in the temple has to improve. This is not the way. I am concerned whether a temple should be run in this way”. (PTI)

Priests ought not to obstruct communication between devotees and God, the Delhi High Court today said while giving suggestions on managing the rush of people at Kalkaji Temple here. The observation came from Justice J R Midha who also said that the “working in the temple has to improve. This is not the way. I am concerned whether a temple should be run in this way”.

“There is only a fraction of a second for a person to view the deity. Within that fraction of a second, there should be no obstruction between devotees and God. Here (the temple) the fraction of a second is not unobstructed. I also go to that temple.

“People (the priests) are there only to obstruct. Give a person one or two seconds to communicate with God. The people there (the priests) are not better enlightened that they can communicate to God better than devotees,” the judge said.

The observations came during hearing of a priest’s plea seeking a judicial order to restrain his two sisters from doing puja and ‘sewa’ at the temple and sharing offerings collected.

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However, the priest today agreed to an interim arrangement to pay Rs six lakh each to his two sisters from the offerings collected during the ‘puja sewa’ from February 7 to March 7.

In view of the proposal made by the priest, the court directed them to give within three days post-dated cheques of February 24 to both the woman.

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