Ujire: “All religious, spiritual centres including temples, churches and others in the state should be cleaned before January 13 next year. We have to create awareness among the people to keep holy places clean and neat to protect the divinity of the area, said Shri Dharmasthala Kshethra Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade speaking in the wake of a state wide cleaning campaign organised at all the religious places by Shri Dharmasthala Kshetra.
He was speaking at a press conference in his residence after making an evaluation on cleanliness of the bath spot located in the Netravati river near Dharmasthala temple. “As many as 18,000 association functioning under Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project with the support of other self help groups, associations have been cleaning the surroundings and inside of the religious spots in the state and this cleanliness drive is expected end on January 13, 2017,” he said.
“In the last five days I have visited some religious spots in Karkala, Udupi, Kundapura and Dharwad where cleaning program is being completed. There was a good response by the people about the state wide cleanliness drive being organised by the Shri Kshetra. The administrators of churches, mosques and other religious places are supporting the campaign,’’ he noted.
“When I communicated on keeping the holy places clean with the state government, the Muzarai minister has assured that his department will release an order on the matter soon,’’ he said speaking on the state government’s support on the campaign. The surroundings of the holy places in the state aren’t kept clean and this affects the divinity of such spots. Therefore it is the responsibility of us to keep the surroundings of the holy places clean and neat, he said.