Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (centre) meets saints during his Ayodhya visit on 16 November 2017 | Getty Images
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Mathura: Spiritual leader Adhokshajanand Deo Tirtha Maharaj on Saturday called for replacing Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from the panel formed by the Supreme Court to mediate the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.

“While I appreciate the gesture of the apex court for finding out an amicable settlement by forming a mediation panel, I urge them to replace Sri Sri Ravi Shankar since he had earlier failed in his mission of a compromise formula. And, therefore, he might not be taken seriously by both the sides,” Maharaj told reporters here.

The seer clarified that he did not have any grudge against Ravi Shankar. However, he added, since Ravi Shankar’s compromise formula was not acceptable to both the groups, an eminent person, who has patience, might bring fruitful result.

Also read: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar not neutral over Ayodhya dispute, says Asaduddin Owaisi

The Supreme Court had on 8 March referred the decades-old politically-sensitive Ayodhya land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement.

Spiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, will be the other two members of the panel of mediators.

“Modi should have brought a bill for the construction of a Ram temple because people had given a huge mandate in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre. The atmosphere was also conducive, but now… the time has passed,” the seer said. “Now, the only course left is to get redressal from the top court that would deliver its judgment on the basis of facts and discretion.”

Referring to the mediation process, the shankaracharya said the top court had tried to retain the harmony between both the groups. He appealed to both the groups to desist from taking extreme positions.

Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against a 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

On 6 December, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century, was demolished.

Also read: On Ayodhya dispute, Sri Sri says must move towards ending long-standing conflicts

This report has been updated to correct that Adhokshajanand Deo Tirtha Maharaj is a spiritual leader and not the Puri Shankaracharya. The error is regretted.

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  1. If at all the Supreme Court acceed to his request, Sankaracharya of Puri Govardhan Perth Swami Shri Nischalananda Saraswati Ji would be the best substitute for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji

  2. The Respected saint who made this comment should know that Sri Sri was not appointed by Government earlier to solve Ayodhya issue. He assumed his social responsibility and did it. He has been actively involved in solving this issue since 1992 and it is not new to him. The saint should feel proud that atleast Supreme Court appointed Sri Sri who represents entire humanity.

  3. The print is Most stupid journalism. Why don’t you stop this media. You are not worthy of journalism. Go check the facts first and then publish. Journalism is not sitting in confy chair and using internet.first learn who are the original Shankaracharya’s in India.

  4. Now a days it became a custom to media to drag readers/viewing by putting wrong title.If at all we are United Shankaracharyas of 4 mathas(Puri,Dwaraka,Shringeri and Jyotirmathas)are enough to give an amicable solution as they can see the future well in advance and because of these Shankaracharyas established institutions ,we are reviving and practicing our traditions.The solution for Ram janmabhoomi is in the unity of sanatana Dharma following people not in half-hearted so called secularist Hindus,who are dangerous than anyone.Pray to Jai Hanuman to get a solution to Ram janmabhoomi solution.

  5. What makes you think that the above mentioned seer is the puri shankaracharya ? He is a 3rd class fraud.Please verify .Dont repeat such mistakes which can affect your credibility. The real seer is NischalAnanda ji maharaj. Any Tom , Dick and Harry can claim to be shankaracharya . But truth is truth .

  6. Shekhar Gupta is a conniving, deceptive and deeply wicked personality who delights fioshing in troubled waters. His goal is to further his own prominence and the goals of those who support him from behind.

    Let us ask how someone of mediocre talent who needs to copy imagined Western models by speaking with his hands, and is a passable clown, poorly educated, very shrewd, devoid of scruples, devoid of intellect, of the NDTV crowd, is able to launch and sustain a successful media outlet.

    We have a saying in Bangla that a ram fights with the strength of the pole to which he is tethered. It is not difficult to discern the pole to which Shekhar Gupta, Rahul Gandhi, Sreenivasan Jain, Barkha Dutt, and the various fools illuminating the sky of the Indian Express, The Hindu are tied.

    This is not to voice support for the abysmal fools who populate the ranks of the BJP and its idiot friends. One had hoped for some sobriety from Modi, if only in his choice of some less-corrupt, less asshole-like federal Ministers. But other than Smt. Sitaraman and Swaraj, all the rest are of vintage Congress poison. I know both sides from long personal familiarity and am happy to prove my points in person. It will not be pleasant for those in power who wish to challenge my assertions in person, and I welcome such challenges in public.

    Modi saddens and makes me hopeless. He cannot think clearly. He cannot understand his own limits, which is essential for a conscientious ruler. His blind arrogance will not allow him to appoint any deep thinkers around him. The only worse fate would be the return of the ISI franchise holders, Rahul and Lovers. Their bootlickers, including the so-called intellectuals gathered around them, particularly the self-styled economists, Amartya Lahiri and the grab-bag of unregenerate scoundrels better left unnamed, are intent on precipitating a civil war of unbelievable proportions from their safe havens.

    Our beloved Motherland is on the boil and teeters on the edge of an agricultural collapse which the clown Modi has not the intellectual capacity to comprehend. His head is empty and fit only to support an ever-changing array of colorful, meaningless headgear from every corner of India. The emptier the vessel the more adornment it seeks. Likewise, chalti ka naam gaadi, aur nahi chalaa to Gadkari. Satan’s agents like Gupta are here to precipitate chaos. Not to help but to create mayhem, because we have absolute knaves like Gadkari, Modi, and Pawar, now out of the way, but with his poison still in play, with Gadkari, at the helm of power. We have experienced a second Partition of Bharatmata, long desired by the Nizam, and put into place by Mehboob Alam and Owaisi with the help of their pink-laced stooge. So much more will be accomplished with Lalua’s sons and the other Yadavs, with sly snakes like Gupta Kara Kaushali, waving hands.

    I am more than happy to engage Gupta in an extensive debate. Let us see how much we understand the nature of political economy and the origin of our communal misery. And the holy Shankaracharya is Srimat Swami Nischalananda ji, a mantra shishya of Shrimat Karapaatri Maharaj ji. Gupta cannot be so ill-informed as to not know the ins and outs of this issue, the Babri Masjid case. The slyness on his part is beyond belief. Gupta interviewed the late Periyava at Kanchi, and is quite well-informed about various undercurrents. He personally disgusts me, as a human being, as a person who is an idiot [ that is a non sequitur but has to be said] and some, pretending to be an “intellectual” talking down to his viewers.

  7. Whomever it is…Why don’t they let people do their assigned job ? Sad state of our country is not in finding solutions but who will do it, who will benefit, what I loose, how can I defeat him…And so on. With such twisted information on peetha, it’s evident that something burning inside someone for sure!

  8. It is a shame that ThePrint didn’t verify who is the Shankaracharya of Puri. Naming an imposter as the Shankaracharya – is this an inadvertent mistake or a deliberate ploy to discredit the real Puri Shankaracharya who has time and again asserted his stand for only Ram Temple at the site and no mosque in the name of Babar anywhere in India.

  9. What a misleading article with a misleading headline ! Said seer in the article isn’t a shankaracharya ! Why is this portal lying then ?

  10. This seer is not the Sankaracharya of Puri
    the Sankaracharya of Puri is Nischalananda Saraswati and he is in Puri Gobardhan Peeth.Such a reputed news portal shot not publish wrong /fake news about such an important personality of Hinduism


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