Jain community in Pune calls for bandh against Jharkhand govt

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The Jain community expressed disappointment over the Jharkhand government’s decision to declare the Shri Sammed Shikharji, the holy place for the Jain community in Giridih district as a tourist place.

Pune based Jain community have called for a Bharat Bandh today protesting against the decision. Pune based Jain community have announced to keep their shops closed, informed Shri Godwad Sangh president Fatehchand Ranka and secretary Ganpat Mehta. The holy place is located on Parasnath Hills, which is the biggest mountain in Jharkhand state and is an important for 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 is one of the highest mountains in Jharkhand.

Member of Parliament (MP) Shrirang Barne in the Loksabha recently announced that if the temple is announced as a tourist place it may lose its sanctity. 

The community members are demanding that the government withdraw its decision immediately and to ensure that the environment of the holy place should not be disturbed by tourists.