Santosh Trivedi, a senior priest at the Kedarnath Temple in the state, has made accusations that Rs 1 billion worth of gold has disappeared from the Kedarnath Temple.
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On 16 June, Pahadi Khabarnama News, an Uttarakhand news website, published a video of Santosh Trivedi, a senior priest at the Kedarnath Temple in the state, making accusations that a massive scam has taken place in the temple.
In the video, he alleges that the ₹125 crore worth of gold used to layer the walls of the sanctum sanctorum in the Kedarnath Temple has been replaced by brass.
“… [the sanctum sanctorum] was studded with gold months back, but when I entered [the temple] today, the gold had been switched with brass! … ₹125 crores worth of gold is gone! This is fraud!”
Santosh Trivedi (Translated from Hindi to English)
Trivedi also stated in the recording that he believed a member of the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) – the committee that oversees both major temples in the area – was liable for the missing gold.
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But how much truth is there to the accusations? How did they begin, and what does the BKTC have to say? Here’s what we know.
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