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Lord Swaminarayan idol in RSS uniform, sparks row

Temple authorities said they meant no harm, the dress was gifted by a local devotee a few days back

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 8 2016 12:05PM | Updated Date: Jun 8 2016 12:07PM

Lord Swaminarayan idol in RSS uniform, sparks row

Controversy erupted after image of Lord Swaminarayan idol in the RSS uniform, went viral, in which Lord Swaminarayan can be seen wearing the Sangh outfit--white shirt tucked into a baggy khaki shorts with black cap and black shoes.

 
According to Swami Vishwaprakash of the temple, which is situated in Laskana area of Surat, the dress was gifted by a local devotee a few days back.
 
“We have a common practice of presenting the God’s idol in various dresses. This RSS uniform was given to us by a devotee. We do not have any other agenda. We did not know that it will create a controversy,” Vishwaprakash said.
 
Even as the temple authorities denied having any intention of endorsing the views of the right-wing organisation, Congress condemned the move. Senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said temple authorities must refrain from such activities.
 
“What do you want to prove by dressing up the god in khaki shorts? I pity those who have done that. Today, you have dressed the Lord in RSS uniform, tomorrow you will dress the idol in BJP’s uniform. This is very unfortunate,” Vaghela said.
 
When asked about the incident, Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani also said that it should not have been done. “I am really surprised! If at all it was done, I don’t approve of it,” said Rupani.