STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Installation of two idols at Kalahasti temple sparks row, complaint filed

Unauthorised installation of two idols on Srikalahasti temple premises by unidentified persons on September 8 sparked a major row. 

Published: 15th September 2020 09:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2020 09:23 AM   |  A+A-

People coming out after darshan at Sri kalahasti temple. (Photo | Madhav K, EPS)

By Express News Service

CHITTOOR :  Unauthorised installation of two idols on Srikalahasti temple premises by unidentified persons on September 8 sparked a major row. Temple executive officer (EO) C Chandrasekhar Reddy has filed a police complaint in this regard. The temple officials came to know of it only after some devotees apprised them about the installation of idols. “On September 11, when I noticed the idols, a Shivalinga and a Nandi, installed on the temple premises, I called up the Pradhana Archaka, Sthanacharya and the temple inspector. “After holding a discussion, we decided to immediately remove the idols and perform samprokshanam inside the temple,” Chandrasekhar Reddy said. 

“An internal committee has been formed to investigate the incident. While verifying the CCTV footage, the panel members found that two unidentified persons, carrying bags, entered the temple’s south gate on September 8 and installed the idols and escaped,” the EO said. Also, the temple EO has terminated the contract of private security agency and on duty Home Guards were surrendered to the police department. 
Meanwhile, Opposition parties staged protests against the unauthorised installation of idols on the temple premises. They raised questions on the lax temple security, how the idols, each weighing about 7 kg, could be installed on the temple premises without the knowledge of the temple officials. 

The BJP activists, led by Bhanu Prakash Reddy, Samanchi Srinivas and Kola Anand, staged a protest at the Endowments Regional Joint Commissioner’s office here on Monday. They demanded that the State government order a CBI probe to ferret out the truth.Addressing mediapersons, Kola Anand alleged that the YSRC government’s ‘disregard’ for Hindu temples is triggering a string of anti-Hindu incidents across the State. He accused the government of indulging in vote bank politics.


Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp