Following recent Uttar Pradesh government regulations on the use of sound systems in religious sites, the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple complex in Mathura has chosen to turn off its loudspeakers and sound systems.
According to Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Trust and Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan secretary Kapil Sharma, the loudspeakers atop Bhagwat Bhawan, the complex’s tallest shrine edifice, were turned off on Wednesday.
For the sake of kirtan-bhajan (prayer) sound, Sharma said the Bhagwat Bhawan temple’s sound systems will now be played at a very low volume.
The building’s loudspeaker was turned off on Wednesday, he claimed, adding that before that, loudspeakers were utilised for all religious activities.
While noting that everyone has the right to worship as they see fit, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday advised religious institutions to tone down their sound systems.
“While mikes can be utilised, be sure the sound does not escape.” “No problem for others,” he said. He also instructed no new mikes should be installed.
It was stated that no religious procession should be put out without prior permission, and that the organiser should sign an affidavit promising to maintain peace and concord.
He stated only traditional religious processions should be granted authorization, and that innovative programmes should not be.
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