Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took to Twitter expressing shock and disappointment over a Modi Temple being inaugurated in Rajkot. He tweeted that it was against Indian traditions and building temples is “not what our culture teaches us. Personally, it made me very sad. Would urge those doing it not to do it. If you have time and resources, please devote the same towards fulfilling our dream of a Clean India.”
A life-size marble idol of Narendra Modi worth Rs 1.7 lakh was installed in the sanctum by his supporters. The temple is all set to be “inaugurated” on Sunday. Local BJP leaders said that Union Minister Mohan Kundariya and Gujarat Minister Vijay Rupani will attend the ceremony.
It seems that consecration ceremony is being deferred or dropped after the BJP’s horrible performance at Delhi Elections.
But what about the 3-ft tall idol of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, installed inside a 300-year-old Shiva temple at Bhagwanpur village of Kaushambi district is attracting crowds?
The idol, depicting Modi in a sitting position, has been installed besides the Shivalinga by a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader, Brijendra Narain Mishra, who is also the priest of the temple. The temple, which had till recently been known as Shiv Mandir, is now called as “Namo-Namo Mandir”. Any doubt over the nomenclature is removed by a small board displaying the new name near the temple entrance. The priest had placed the idol in the temple in January this year, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, with an aim to pray to Lord Shiva to make Modi the prime minister by giving BJP a clear majority.
Villagers now recite bhajans written by Mishra eulogising Modi even as regular prayers along with aarti is offered to both Lord Shiva and the PM everyday in morning and the evening. The 200-word aarti begins with “Jai Modi Raja, tere naam ka desh me danka baaja (Hail Modi who lords over the country)”. For the benefit of the uninitiated, Mishra has placed a sign in Hindi on the idol’s lap. It reads: Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modiji.
Bhagwanpur village falls in Chail Assembly segment area of Kaushambi Lok Sabha constituency from where BJP’s Vinod Kumar Sonkar was elected MP.
Why Mr. Modi didn’t express his disapproval for this temple that has been existed for so long.
According to Deepal Trivedi’s tweet, There are over 4 temples in India named after him.Why did not object at temples dedicated to him in UP or South before then ?
This temple was created at Kaushambhi district in U.P. This lord shiva temple where Narendra Modi is worshiped is now named as Namo Temple. The priest in temple also seems to be dressed in BJB colors and also kept a Modi style beard.
By: Naim Naqvi