intention tothrow open the temple to Harijans has evoked some criticism from the orthodox
section of the community.
"Funds collected for
the temple and other properties were transferred to the Trustees who have since been in
possession of them.
"Sardar himself was to have not only attended the
inaugural ceremony, but actually to perform the ceremony. Unfortunately, the temple could
not be completed, and he died in the meantime. Apart from any other sentiment, we, all
feels that we should help in the redemption of Sardar's pledge to the best of our ability.
"In one of your earlier letters ' you had written to
me about the expenses of the temple. In fact, at present, we are only building a small
part of the temple, and the cost of it is not going to be more than Rs. 3 lakhs. For the
celebrations we are cutting out all rationed foodgrains. For the sacrifices ' throwing in
of grains in the sacrificial fire has been eschewed.
"The Somanatha Trust Funds and public subscriptions
are going to meet the expenses of the installation ceremony. Your attention seems to have
been drawn to a press note that the Saurashtra Government is spending Rs. 5 lakhs for the
ceremony but not to the contradiction issued by it.