UP CM Adityanath Exempts Ayodhya Temples, Other Religious Shrines of Civic Body Taxes

Uttar Pradesh’s Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the temple city of Ayodhya on Friday and asked the city’s municipal company not to impose commercial taxes on temples and other religious shrines. During his first visit to Ayodhya after taking over the state during the second term, Adityanath also reviewed the preparations for the upcoming Ram Navami Mela in the temple city.

About 10 lakh supporters are expected to attend the fair, which would be held after two years due to the Covid pandemic. In Ayodhya, Adityanath also prayed at Hanumangarhi Temple and visited the site of Lord Ram Temple.

The Prime Minister also later visited the Balrampur district and offered prayers in three temples there. He will have a night stop at Devi Patan Temple there and go to Siddharthnagar on Saturday. At the same time, a report from Gorakhpur says that CM Adityanath will hold a nine-day fast during “Chaitra Navratri” starting on Saturday and will perform special puja there for peace, prosperity, health and happiness in the state and the nation.

In the temple city, the Adityanath Ayodhya Municipal Corporation asked not to levy commercial taxes on temples and other religious shrines. The municipal company is not allowed to levy house taxes, water taxes, sewage taxes from monasteries, temples, “dharamshalas” and charities at commercial prices because all of these institutions do charity work and public service, CM said. The Prime Minister asked the civilian body to take economic cooperation only from religious shrines in the form of symbolic monetary contributions.

CM also called on Ayodhya Municipal Corporation to submit a proposal regarding this and get it approved by the government. After the founding of the Ram Temple in August 2020, this will be the first Ram Navami Mela after the Covid pandemic and CM asked officials to organize this mass with greatness and make special efforts to get Ayodhya on the world map. While going through the preparations for Mela, Adityanath said in his speech that the construction of the Ram temple has begun and that thousands of devotees come to Ayodhya every day from all over India. Keep this in mind, create an enchanting atmosphere and decorate Ayodhya in such a way that the devotees will find the whole atmosphere full of the Ramayana era, he said.

During his visit, CM Shri Ram met Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust President Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and senior seer of Bhaktmaal Mahant Kaushal Kishor. The report from Gorakhpur said that while holding a nine-day fast under Chaitra Navratri, the CM will carry out special puja for peace and prosperity in the state and nation. On Saturday, along with the worship of Maa Shailputri, Durga Saptshati Paath will begin at Shakti Temple on the first floor of Gorakhnath Temple Math, said Dwarika Tiwari from the temple.

Acharya Ramanuj Tripathi, also from Gorakhnath Temple, said on Ashtami Day on April 9 that Nisha Pujan will be performed at night and Kanya Pujan will be held at Navmi on April 10. He hoped that the Prime Minister and Gorakshpeethdhishwer Yogi Adityanath could participate in the temple’s Kanya Pujan program.

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