In an incident hurting Hindu feelings in Andhra Pradesh, a Nandi idol at a major Shiva temple in Kanaparthi village of Prakasam district was vandalized. The incident happened on the night of October 16, Sunday, and October 17, Monday. On Monday morning, the matter was brought to the attention of the temple priests.
Authorities in the area said the unidentified culprits broke into the temple premises and vandalized Nandi’s idol with the aim of stealing it. An investigation was launched and the idol was sent to forensics for further evaluation.
“The idol was damaged by unknown persons and it is suspected that they were thieves who had entered the temple to steal some properties. We inspected CCTV footage and a special team led by Circle Inspector (CI) has been formed to investigate the matter,” a police official said.
SHOCKING: Nandi idol vandalized at ancient Shiva temple in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh; probe in progress https://t.co/1Va5IeVNcS
— Republic (@republic) October 18, 2022
According to reports, no arrests have been made in this case so far. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticized the government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for the delay in action against the culprits. “When Hindus worshiped Lord Mahadeva, his beloved Nandi was found ruthlessly vandalized in Kanaparthi village of Prakasam district. What are you doing Jagan Mohan Reddy? No action, no arrests, no investigation. Such type of incidents have happened more than 200 times in this state and no culprit has been found,” said BJP National Secretary and Andhra co-in charge Sunil Deodhar.
— Sunil Deodhar (@Sunil_Deodhar) October 18, 2022
“You are a totally anti-Hindu chief minister. Please don’t test the wrath of Hindus in the state. On Monday, BJP workers led an agitation and today’s state president demanded a high-level investigation. The BJP will not allow this to happen, we will continue strong agitation against all anti-Hindu activities taking place in the state,” Deodhar added.
Attacks on Hindu temples have increased in recent years in India and around the world. On September 27, OpIndia reported that two Muslim women were apprehended for vandalizing the idol of Goddess Durga at a Navratri pandal in Hyderabad. The women stormed a pandal in Khairatabad district and smashed part of the Durga idol.
OpIndia also recently reported how before Durga Puja, unknown vandals smashed Durga idols at Kashipur Sarbajanin Durga Temple at Mehendiganj Upazila in Barisal, Bangladesh.
In another incident on September 8, a certain Taufeeq Ahmed was arrested for allegedly damaging an idol of a deity at a Hindu temple in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. With a ’tilak’ on his forehead, Ahmed is said to have entered through the temple gates and started smashing the idol of the deity while shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.