PANAJI : The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday granted ex-parte interim relief to the mahajans in a case relating to changing Devi Navdurga’s idol at the Madkai temple. A lower court had kept pending the petition filed by Shri Devi Navdurga Pratishthan and ordered status quo over installation of a new idol of the deity of goddess Navdurga of the Madkai temple by the temple committee.
However, the High Court on Tuesday temporarily stayed the lower court’s order.
The lower court had given relaxation to the villagers by ordering the temple committee not to make any changes to the present status of the temple and as a result of this order, the work of installing the new idol was kept pending by the temple committee.
The Mazania of Temple of Shri Navadurga had filed a petition in the High Court challenging the lower court’s order.
The High Court has issued notice to the respondents, Shri Devi Navadurga Pratishthan through its trustees and 25 others returnable on February 25, 2016. The temple committee had planned to change the ancient idol citing reasons of cracks to it, while most of the villagers have been against this decision of the committee. On January 17, 2016, during a gram sabha of the Madkai panchayat, a resolution was passed stating that the temple belongs to the people of Madkai and that they will not allow the temple committee to change the idol of the deity.
Copies of the resolution were forwarded to the President of India, the Prime Minister, the Goa Governor, the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, the Panchayat Minister, the Revenue Minister, all MLAs and senior officials
so that all become aware about the facts.
On February 11, 2016, the Shri Devi Navdurga Pratishthan had organised a procession in Ponda to oppose the change of idol by the temple committee.