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Jayendra Saraswathi funeral: Chaos at burial ceremony as authorities obstruct view of crowd gathered to pay respect

Kancheepuram: The final rites of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi had its share of tense moments when the authorities blocked the view of the proceedings by drawing a curtain, making the crowd restive.

Those trying to force their way in were allegedly pushed out by some of the volunteers manning the burial ceremony.

A devotee, K Santhanam, claimed he was pushed away by some who stood close to the main entrance of the burial site — Brindhavanam annexe — which is a small enclosure.

Jayendra Saraswathi's body being taken out of the mutt. Firstpost/Prasanna Venkatesh

Jayendra Saraswathi's body being taken out of the mutt. Firstpost/Prasanna Venkatesh

Soon after the body was brought into the annexe, a curtain was dropped in front of that building cutting the visibility for the devotees waiting outside.

LED screens in and around the venue which till then beamed live visuals of the ceremony like Abishekam, halted the screening when the rituals shifted to the annexe, leading to resentment among some devotees.

As several of the followers tried to gradually move forward to take a glimpse through the various entrances to the annexe, it led to a near stampede like situation.

All the three entrances to the annexe were closed by Mutt officials during the final stage of the ceremony.


Updated Date: Mar 01, 2018 14:36 PM

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