Allahabad (UP), Jan 31 (PTI) A prominent Hindu seer Thursday claimed that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath shared with him the government’s compulsion of not taking any decision on Ayodhya temple issue independent of the Supreme Court directions. Also Read - JEE Main 2021: Syllabus Unchanged, 75 Per Cent Criteria Waived Off | CHECK DETAILS HERE

Puri Peethadhishwar Swami Nischlananda Saraswati made the claim after the chief minister met him at Kumbh Mela. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

The chief minister also had a meeting with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was here to attend a VHP ‘dharma sansad’ religious council). Also Read - Expert Panel Recommends Phase 1 Trial of Nasal COVID-19 Vaccine

“He (Yogi Adityanath) told me that the Ayodhya matter is in the Supreme Court,” Swami Nischlananda told reporters here.

He also quoted the chief minister as telling him that the government was not free to take any decision on its own in the matter.

“I, however, told the chief minister that the Ayodhya tangle should be resolved at the earliest. It does not have to be kept hanging because it hurts the faith,” said the Puri Shankaracharaya.

“At this, he (the chief minister) assured me that he would try to achieve that end only as per your feelings,” said the seer.

Before meeting the Puri Peethadhishwar, the chief minister met Bhagwat at the RSS’ office at Jhunsi here during a tour of the Kumbh Mela.

An RSS official said the meeting lasted for over one and a half hour.

Adityanath also met Mahant Nritya Gopaldas Ji Maharaj and is believed to have apprised him of the government’s stand on Ram Janmabhoomi issue.

The chief minister also met Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Avdheshnand Giriji Maharaj, with whom he had his lunch.

Adityanath’s meeting with seers here at the Kumbh Mela followed a day after Jyotish Peethadhishwar Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati Wednesday issued a religious edict to the Hindus across the country to reach Ayodhya with four bricks each to hold what he described as an “Ishtika Nyas” ceremony on February 21 at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site to begin construction of a temple there.

Earlier this week, the chief minister had held his Cabinet meeting at the Kumbh venue after which he along with his ministerial colleagues had taken a dip in the Sangam.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.