Dharmasthala to lead statewide cleanliness campaign in religious places

Dharmasthala: The Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) will lead the state-wide campaign to clean all religious places including temples, mutts, churches and mosques under the guidance of Dhramdhikari Dr. Veerendra Heggade.

The campaign was launched on December 15 and will go on till January 13.

Divulging details of the campaign at Sannidhi Guest House in town, Dharmadhikari Heggade said clean places of worship project the rich culture and the cleanliness campaign will ensure cleaning both the inner and outer surroundings.

Setting aside personal prejudices, caste and religion factors, Dr. Heggade called for united efforts to ensure campaign’s success.

Everyone is duty bound to keep the places of worship clean for one’s own personal and spiritual benefit, he opined.

SKDRDP has tasted success in the past in such campaigns, Dr.Heggade said and added India Today had recognised Dharmastahala as the “Cleanest religious town” in India and honoured it with the “Safaigiri Award”. Enthused by such recognition, efforts are being made to spread awareness on cleanliness at all places of worship irrespective of caste and religious affiliations, he expressed.

The aim of the campaign is cleaning the sanctum in the places of worship as well as the outer surroundings, he outlined. About 80 percent of the places of worship are in rural areas in the state and SKDRDP has around 18,000 volunteers who will drive home the message of cleanliness at all religious places among its managers and the devotees who visit it.

A sense of responsibility must develop among pilgrims and visitors in the future, he said and hoped the campaign would bring out a sea change in people’s attitude before it concludes, a day before Makara Sankranthi.

Besides, SKDRDP volunteers, the campaign will also involve members of Akhila Karnataka Janajagruthi Vedike, Yoga Sangha, Bhajana Parishat, he said adding he would personally involve in guiding volunteers taking part in the campaign.

Requesting all to take part in the programme with a sense of purpose and dedication, Dr. Heggade said the progress achieved will be reviewed in a month’s time. The minister for religious endowment, deputy commissioner and senior officials of the government will be invited for this review meet to discuss problems faced during implementation of the programme, he stated.

He sought media co-operation in promoting the campaign among masses. Once the campaign ends, the care takers at the places of worship will continue to maintain cleanliness and if one works with utmost dedication any goal is within one’s reach, Heggade said.

The campaign will also focus on providing waste bins, building toilets and educate people on waste disposal at all religious places.



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