Bombay HC allows two Jain Temples to open due to Diwali

  • On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court granted permission to two Jain trusts to keep their respective temples open for a specified period during the five days of Diwali, subject to visitor entry regulations.

  • From November 13 to 17, from 6 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm, the temples were allowed to remain open by the Vacation Bench of Justice SK Kathawalla and Abhay Ahuja.

  • Two trusts-TAKL Gyan Mandir Trust and MRC Trust-filed a plea seeking the opening of two temples operated by each trust for the Diwali Festival, after their representation to the State Government had not been addressed.

  • They claimed that "the public health clauses in Article 25 of the Constitution of India are very well taken care of in Jainism, as Jainism inspires its adherents to live an environmentally healthy life."

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