Ponda: The Portuguese invaders demolished many old temples in Goa to destroy ancient Indian culture. The Goa State Government recognised the need to preserve the ancient Indian culture and decided to renovate all such temples that were the subject of attacks by foreign invaders.
The State Government wasted no time renovating the ancient Shri Saptakoteshwar Temple in North Goa. Later, it formed a committee to identify and renovate all such temples across the State.
The State’s stance concerning the Hindu temples is praiseworthy. We know how Mughal invaders went on a rampage to demolish the ancient and significant Hindu temples. While speaking with journalists during a press conference, Mr Sunil Ghanwat, the coordinator of th‘Maharashtra Mandir Mahasangh’, informed journalists that the temple trustees and other devout Hindus had requested the Union Government to renovate the old temples across the country similar to how it is being done in Goa.
The press conference was held by the Hindu Janajaruti Samiti to provide updates on the ‘Vaishvik Hindu Rashtra Mahotsav’.
Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, Spokesperson of the Hindu Front For Justice and Advocate (Supreme Court, Delhi), who had fought the legal battle to clear the Gyanvapi encroachment in Kashi, Mr Jayesh Thali, the Secretary, Gomantak Mandir Mahasangh (Goa), Advocate Suresh Kaudare, Trustee of the Bhimashankar Temple (Pune, Maharashtra) and Mr Anup Jayswal, Secretary of the Devasthan Sewa Samiti, Vidarbha (Maharashtra) also attended the press conference.