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Restive crowd leads to tense moments during final rites of Shankarcharya

Followers tried to gradually move forward to take a glimpse through the various entrances to the annexe

Press Trust of India  |  Kancheepuram 

Kanchi Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi
Kanchipuram: Devotees pay last respect to Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, the 69th pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt, in Kanchipuram on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The final rites of 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.

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.

First Published: Thu, March 01 2018. 23:03 IST
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