Gujarat: Lord Swaminarayan idol dressed in RSS uniform sparks a row

a problem erupted on Tuesday after government of a Surat-based Swaminarayan temple dressed up the idol of Lord Swaminarayan in the RSS uniform.

the difficulty got here to light after a photograph, in which Lord Swaminarayan can be visible donning the Sangh outfit–white blouse tucked right into a saggy khaki shorts with black cap and black footwear on–went viral on numerous social media structures. The idol is also visible holding the national flag in a single hand.

according to Swami Vishwaprakashji of the temple, that is located in Laskana place of Surat, the get dressed turned into gifted by way of a nearby devotee a few days back.

“we’ve got a commonplace practice of imparting the God’s idol in various dresses. This RSS uniform turned into given to us by means of a devotee. We do not have some other time table. We did now not realize that it’s going to create an issue,” Vishwaprakashji stated.

whilst the temple authorities denied having any aim of endorsing the perspectives of the proper-wing corporation, Congress condemned the circulate. Senior Congress chief Shankersinh Vaghela said temple government must chorus from such activities. “What do you want to show with the aid of dressing up the god in khaki shorts? I pity the ones who’ve completed that. nowadays, you have got dressed the Lord in RSS uniform, the following day you will get dressed the idol in BJP’s uniform. that is very unfortunate,” Vaghela stated.

whilst requested approximately the incident, Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani also said that it need to now not had been carried out. “i’m surely surprised! If at all it become performed, I don’t approve of it,” said Rupani.