Lauding the NDA government for its efforts to improve foreign relations, Puri Shankaracharya, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the US has given a boost to India's image.
With the row over Puri Shankaracharya`s boycott of Lord Jagannath`s Rath Jatra lingering, senior Congress leader Jaydev Jena said the controversy should be resolved jointly by the seer, temple administration and Odisha government.
The Govardhan Peeth, the seat of Puri Shankaracharya, on Saturday slammed the Odisha Government for not imposing a blanket ban on devotees climbing chariots during Lord Jagannath`s Rath Yatra and demanded to reconsider its decision.
As the campaign picks up for the high-profile contest, the head of the famous Kabir Mutt here has said Modi does not reflect the composite culture of this temple town and cautioned that his contesting election from the "sacred place".
Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swamy Shri Nischalananda Saraswati of Puri said death penalty will not end incidents of rape in the country and women should be placed in a higher position in the society to stop such crimes against them.