Temple demolition issue high on RSS chief agenda

Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat started his nine-day Rajasthan trip from today. He took in a meeting of RSS workers today at the organisation’s office, Bharati Bhawan.

Sources said the temple demolition issue is said to have been discussed at the meet. The temple demolition issue is significant and high on agenda of the RSS. The Mandir Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (MBSS), which is adamant on rebuilding the two century-old Rojgareshwar temple at the same place, has the tacit backing of RSS.

The immediate trigger for the protests was the demolition Rojgareshwar Mahadev temple in the Walled City, which took place sometime in June this year.
The MBSS organised a complete chukka jam on July 9 this year in the city, which made clear that people are unhappy with the demolitions.
The government realised that the chukka jam was just an initial indication of things to come. The people are miffed and say that the demolitions were targeted solely against the Hindu temples. MBSS member Dinesh

Khandelwal says: “Development is welcome but targeting just temples is not done. They have not touched the mazaars of Muslims. In Gujarat they did not demolish temples at the dead of night at 3 am. And they not drill through Shivlings, which have life and soul (pran prathista)”
RSS has made it clear to the government that they want the temples to be rebuilt at the same place. Its workers say RSS’s ideal has always been to carry the nation to the pinnacle of glory by ensuring protection of the Hindu dharma.

Not just the Rajgareshwar temple, the other temples broken down include Kashtharan Mahadev mandir, Amreshwar Mahadev mandir, Dwadash Jyotilingeshwar and Kawal Saheb Hanuman mandir.

MBSS’s chief Badri Naryan Choudhary now says that the construction of the Rojgareshwar temple could start anytime after the Devuthaani Ekadashi. And that this issue was being discussed with the government and Jaipur Development Authority officials.
Meanwhile the devotees perform aarti and puja everyday at the place where the temple stood before. They say they won’t relent unless the government agrees with their proposal of rebuilding the temple at the same site.

The growing volume of protests and the consequent puja and aarti by the people at the site of Rajgareshwar temple, has made the state government jittery.
Raje, who is religious herself, had asked for a list of the temples demolished.

The official line regarding the demolitions has always been the 2009 Supreme Court order on illegal religious structures and that they have been removed following the directions of the Supreme Court empowered committee.

In this context, the visit of Mohan Bhagwat assumes significance. He would address a conference of All India Columnist Writers here at Durgapura Agriculture Research Station in the city.
On September 14, Bhagwat would meet senior personalities of Jaipur and then he would proceed to Jodhpur to attend a number of meetings of RSS workers.

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