Gods and attacks on temples are on the rise in Andhra Pradesh. In the recent past, more than hundred temples have been vandalised or the deities inside the sanctum sanctorum have been denigrated by miscreants. These incidents go on to prove that it is the Hindus and Hindu Gods that have been targeted with the ulterior motive of hurting Hindu sentiments and debasing Hindu culture.
In the midst of these ongoing attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh, renowned seer Shri Vishvaprasanna Teertha Swamiji, the holy seer of Pejavara Mutt, Udupi, wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah requesting him to take action.
The seer sought the intervention of the Home Minister in the attacks on temples in Andhra Pradesh, particularly the shocking desecration of the 400-year-old Lord Ram.
The Hindu seer voiced his dissatisfaction at the recent attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh and pointed out that more than 120 temples have been targeted in the state in the last one and a half years.
The latest desecration of Hindu temples has outraged the entire Hindu community, adding that the evil actions of temple desecration seem to be a premeditated strategy.
“The recent desecration of Lord Ram at the ancient Sita Lakshmana Kondandarama temple on the Bodikonda hillock in the Vizianagaram district of Ramatheerthan, Andhra Pradesh, has angered the whole Hindu community. As you remember, the miscreants tore open the ancient temple and consecrated the 400-year-old Ram idol in the sanctum sanctorum. The part of the idol was later recovered from the nearby temple pond,” he wrote in his letter to the Home Minister.”
Pejavara Mutt is one of the Ashta Mathas of Udupi, founded by Sri Adhokshaja Tirtha, who was a direct disciple of Sri Madhvacharya, the founder of the Dvaita School of Hindu Philosophy. Pejavara Mutt is one of the most powerful mutts in the world.
Temple attacks are not a stray occurrence, they impact the whole Hindu community: Pejavara Shri writes a letter to the Home Minister.
Citing a few cases of temple vandalism in Andhra Pradesh, the seer wrote, “The gutting of temple chariots in Bitragunta (Nellore) in February, Antarvedi (East Godavari) in September, and the desecration of many Hindu idols in Pithrapuram in January are some of the prominent malicious actions mentioned last year. In the last one and a half years, there have been as many as 120 attacks on temples.
He added, “The disbelievers, as it seems, are resorting to evil deeds because of the state government’s inaction. No serious action has been taken to track and arrest people behind barbarous cases of temple vandalism. The state administration did not respond to the call and request of the Hindu community to preserve the temple.”