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What’s happening to Andhra Pradesh temples?

The ruckus started when unknown miscreants broke into the historic 12th century Kasi Visweswara Swamy temple, a week ago and they vandalized a portion of Nandi idol. About a century old wooden chariot of the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple was also burnt to ashes, earlier this month. At first, it was reported that the fire was accidental but it was later realized that it could have been a deliberate action. Earlier this year, some unknown people disfigured the idols of gods and goddesses in Bajranj temple. Certain flex banners that were put up in the open space were also destroyed.

In image: Chandrababu Naida
Image source: The News Minute

The Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was slammed by the former minister Chandrababu Naida for not speaking up against the attacks on the temples. He was disappointed with the Andhra Pradesh’s CM for not even paying a single visit to any of the temples. He opined that the CM should treat everyone and every religion equally and should follow his duties, no matter what religion he follows.

BJP MPs bought 18 such incidents to light that have taken place in the past one year. They have requested the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene in this matter and direct the state to honor and protect the Constitutional mandate, the Hindu community and its temples. Three resolutions including one on the issue of attacks on Hindu temples and sentiments were passed by the Andhra BJP on Tuesday, September 23rd.

“Andhra Pradesh BJP is of the opinion that a conspiracy is going on regarding attacks on Hindu temples and Hindu beliefs. These incidents seem to be not mere random incidents, but appear to be orchestrated to polarise the castes and religions in the state,” says Vishnuvardhan Reddy.


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