Patel also expressed solidarity with the ‘tirth purohit’ and ‘pujaris’ whose livelihood has been adversely affected by the lockdown.
Minister Prahlad Singh Patel directs state archaeology to restore Govind Dev Mandir
2020-05-25 (VT): On Saturday, Culture and Tourism
Minister of India, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel visited Govind Dev Mandir, one of
the ‘Saptadevalayas’ (seven ancient
temples) of Vrindavan. He has directed the state archaeology to restore the
temple in accordance with historical records available in the form of text and
The minister was
accompanied by officials of the state archaeology department who acquainted him
with the temple’s architecture and history. He said that the spire of the shrine
and other ruins should be conserved and restored without deviating from its
original character, as far as possible.
Patel also expressed
solidarity with the ‘tirth purohit’
and ‘pujaris’ whose livelihood has
been adversely affected by the lockdown. He said that while the government is
aware of their condition, there’s little that can be done in these difficult
times. The temples were first to close down, they will probably be the last ones
to open. That said state governments are taking necessary measures to provide the
community some assistance.
Responding to questions
by journalists, the minister further remarked the state and central governments
are working together to ensure smooth reopening of temples. “The policy is
being drafted in accordance with ICMR guidelines; we want devotees and tourists
to feel safe,” he added.