Salaried priest for Kolhapur temple soon

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The state government plans to bring out a a legislation for the Kolhapur Ambabai temple trust, through which it will have to appoint a priest on salary. The bill, to be introduced in the winter session of the Assembly, will not look at the appointment on the basis of family succession.

Guardian Minister for Kolhapur Chandrakant Patil said that the district collector had prepared a detailed report, which has been sent to the law and judiciary department for preparation of a draft for the proposed legislation within a month.

Kolhapur witnessed tension in June when pictures of the deity Ambabai wearing a ghagra-choli instead of traditional saree went viral. Patil had to intervene to prevent a law and order situation. Minister of State for Home department Ranjit Patil, while replying to a debate in the state Assembly, said that the government would bring out a legislation to govern the temple.

Patil informed that this also would be part of the bill to be introduced for Kolhapur temple trust.

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