Allahabad: A sadhu, on fast unto death to press the demand for proper land allotment to Shankaracharyas of four "Peeths" at the upcoming Maha Kumbh had gone missing even as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said efforts were on to arrive at a solution acceptable to all.

Swami Paripoornanand, who had started an "anshan" (fast unto death) on December 25, went missing from the camp of his guru Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati since Tuesday, sending the administration and police into a tizzy.
    
A formal complaint was lodged in this regard on Tuesday night, Senior Superintendent of Police, Kumbh Mela, R K S Rathore said adding teams had been deployed for searching the ascetic.
    
Swami Paripoornanand is agitating for a "Sankaracharya Chatushpath" wherein pontiffs of all four shrines established by Adi Sankara can be assigned camps in the vicinity of each other with a statue of the legendary eight century Advaita philosopher installed in the Centre.
      
This is intended to "distinguish them from self-styled Shankarachryas mushrooming all over", according to religious leaders. The four shrine established by Adi Sankara are Dwarka, Jyotirmath, Puri and Shringeri.
      
Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, who is the Shankaracharya of Dwarka and has been in the forefront of raising the above demand, took the unprecedented step of leaving the city Sunday last.
      
He vowed not to take part in the congregation following the Mela administration's refusal to accept the demand on the ground that it would tantamount to "starting a new tradition".
    
Akhilesh, who on Wednesday visited the venue of the Maha Kumbh beginning January 14, told reporters "the administration cannot give rise to a new tradition."
    
"Our officials are in touch with those who are not satisfied with the land allotment and we are confident we will arrive at a solution acceptable to all."

(Agencies)

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