Hearing on decision to withdraw Shri Sammed Shikharji a tourist destination by Jharkhand govt to be held on Jan 17

Shri Sammed Shikharji is a holy place for the Jain community located in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

The Jain community expressed their happiness when the chief minister of Jharkhand government announced that the decision of making Shri Digamber Jain Shaswat Tirthraj Sammed Shikhar Trust as a tourist destination has been withdrawn. The earlier announcement had evoked sharp reactions from various quarters and the Jain community in Pune had called for a day-long bandh to protest against the decision.

The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has written to the Chief Secretary, Jharkhand government about denotifying Parasnath Parvatraj Giridih (Jharkhand) as eco-tourism center and to declare the same as holy place. The commission has decided to hold a hearing on January 17, 2023 at 3 PM. A letter has been written to Chief Secretary Government of Jharkhand to consider the request and declare the Sammed Shikharji as a holy place only as this is regarded as the highest place of pilgrimage of Jain religion on November 28, 2022. But no action has been taken yet on the letter that was sent earlier.

Shri Sammed Shikharji is a holy place for the Jain community and is located in Giridih district of Jharkhand.

The holy place, located on Parasnath Hills, is the biggest mountain in the state of Jharkhand. It is important for both Digambara and Svetambara sects as 20 out of 24 Jain Tirthankaras attained moksha in the place.

The temple is located at 1350 meter (4,430 feet) and attracts devotees from across the globe.

Fatehchand Ranka who also supported the bandh informed that they were happy about the decision and would want for it to come in black and white.

Pramod Jain, Founder member of Pune Jain Samaj spoke to Pune Pulse and said, “The decision to announce a holy place as a tourist destination is improper as the sacred place would lose its sanctity. Jain communities from across the world supported the protest. We are hoping that the decision comes in writing soon.”

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