Puri Shankaracharya opposes celebration of English New Year

BHUBANESWAR: Puri opposed the mass celebration of English New Year and asked people to celebrate New Year as per Indian tradition and Hindu calendar. He blamed the government for supporting such ‘anti-national‘ and ‘anti-Hindu‘ celebrations.
“Odia New Year is celebrated on Maha Bishuba Sankranti but very few people celebrate this day. I am surprised that some temples are making arrangements for celebration of English New Year. Even the Central and state governments are promoting the celebration of this day with much fanfare. By supporting such celebrations the governments are helping youngsters in getting distracted from our traditions and adopting foreign cultures,” said the sheer.

Members of , a youth wing of , will stage a silence protest at Puri protesting the celebrations on Monday. They will also create awareness among visitors about Hindu New Year.

Shankaracharya said, “During launching of space-crafts scientists are referring to Hindu almanacs and even tide and ebb appear as per the calculations in almanac but the present generation is going away from it and celebrating English New Year. I request the people not to indulge in such mindless activities, which are affecting our culture and tradition.”

Interestingly people in large numbers throng in Puri on the New Year Day and special arrangements are made in the temple for the devotees. The in Puri will open for the public at 2 am on Monday, about two hours before its usual timing.

“In view of large crowd we made certain changes in the ritual timings of the deities. We will close the temple a bit early at 9.30 pm against the usual timing of 11. 30 pm and will open at 2 am in view of huge rush of devotees for the New Year. We are expecting around three to four lakhs visitors on Monday,” said Laxmidhar Pujapanda, spokesperson of the temple administration.

The Shankaracharya also came down heavily on the makers of ‘Hindi feature film ‘Padmavati‘ and said distortion of our history in the name of film and entertainment is not acceptable.

“No one has the right to misrepresent or distort our historical facts in the name of entertainment or acting. Playing with the history of India is a heinous crime and such attempts should be punishable,” Shankaracharya added.

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