Temple Imbroglio

Jaipur’s Mandir Bachao Sangrakshan Samiti (MBSS), which got enraged after the government demolished more than 13 temples including century-old Rojgareshwar Temple, is still not happy with Chief Mnister Vasundhara Raje’s promises of rebuilding the temples.  

The state government had assured the protesting outfit that 13 temples would be rebuilt preferably at the same spots, considering the massive outcry that followed the demolitions last month.  

The Mandir Bachao Sangrakshan Samiti, which held a successful chukka jam on July 9 to protest against the demolitions, had been holding parleys with the government and had demanded rebuilding the temples and also action against the errant officers.

But since the government hasn’t paid heed to their demands till now, they have vowed to renew their stir, especially for the Rojgareshwar temple.

From last Sunday, locals and volunteers of  MBSS, have been conducting puja and aarti at the same spot where the Rojgareshwar temple stood. They have taken a pledge of not allowing any more temple demolitions in the area and in the city.

According to MBSS, puja and aarti would be performed everyday at the same spot till the temple is rebuilt there.


Badri Narayan Choudhary, president of the Samiti said since the government had assured them at least 13 ancient temples would be rebuilt at the same spot but no action has been taken till now, they have decided to restart their stir with a puja. The government had earlier  provided them a list of 87 temples, which have been demolished till now.  

And the state government has agreed to rebuild  3 temples, out of the 23 temples which were constructed before 1947.

Raje, who performs puja daily and also offers special prayers at Tripura Sundari temple in Banswara district before embarking on any special project, has come under flak from the RSS, VHP and other organisations for disregard and silence during the temple demolitions.

Incidentally, Raje has never had very cordial relations with the RSS in her early tenure. But this time before the 2013 Assembly elections, Raje had reached out to the Sangh to get their support as well.

Political observers say this silence on Raje’s part now intrigued the party and the Sangh outfits. The move was seen as anti-Hindutva and not in line with her religious streak.

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