Allahabad: Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati and President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad Mahant Gyandas on Friday entered their respective camps at the ongoing Maha Kumbh amid controversies surrounding them.
The Shankaracharya, camping at the Mankameshwar temple along the banks of Yamuna for the past one week, entered his camp in a grand procession. The pontiff was perched atop a chariot as musical bands played devotional tunes and supporters chanted hymns.
The Shankaracharya had been miffed at administration's refusal to allot land for a "Sankaracharya Chatushpad" with camps of the Shankaracharyas of all four Peeths located close to each other and around a statue of Adi Sankara.
On December 30, Swaroopananda took the unprecedented step of leaving the city vowing to stay away from the 12-yearly congregation.
He relented later when an emissary of the Uttar Pradesh government met him at his ashram in Madhya Pradesh with a personal letter from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. However, on entering the Maha Kumbh ground, the Shankaracharya made it clear he had agreed to take part in the congregation "just because I do not wish to sadden my supporters".
He, however, said he was sticking to his demand for a Sankaracharya Chatushpad "which is aimed at helping the people distinguish the real Shankaracharyas from the self-styled ones".


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