Pagoda Sanstha demolishes Swayambhu Jagartu Devasthanam Shri Vangna Devi Temple’ FIR filed at Gorai Police Station

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Pagoda Sanstha demolishes Swayambhu Jagartu Devasthanam Shri Vangna Devi Temple’ FIR filed at Gorai Police Station

 

The trustees of the Global Vipassana Pagoda demolished the centuries-old temple and submitted the building plan to the BMC without mentioning the temple.

~ An ancient sacred peepal tree was also cut down

Mumbai : The World Vipassana Pagoda, which is the world’s largest stone dome, built without any pillars and also has an ancient temple. Situated in Gorai village of Mumbai city, this ancient temple called ‘Swayambhu Jagartu Devasthanam Shri Vangna Devi Temple’ was demolished by Pagoda Sanstha on May 14, 2023, which was regularly worshiped by 1000 devotees of the village and surrounding areas. The trustees of the institute also recently felled a sacred peepal tree near the temple.

“This temple was built a few centuries ago and thousands of devotees regularly worship it. However, the trustees went ahead and demolished the temple along with the holy peepal tree to build the structure. They have submitted a building plan to the BMC which does not mention the temple. This heinous act has definitely hurt the sentiments of the devotees.”

A case was registered at Gorai police station on May 18, 2023, however, the accused are still unknown and have not been traced yet.

Shri Anand Lamhade, Senior Vice President, Operations and Projects, Water Kingdom and Esselworld Bird Park said. “Villagers and devotees have been protesting outside the pagoda demanding restoration of the temple of Goddess Wangana Devi and giving them a chance to worship regularly.”

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