Rajasthan Police issued a notice to the Hinglaj Mata Temple in Barmer on Friday restraining him from carrying out dharmic activities in the temple ahead of the Hindu festival of Navratri. The letter asked the temple authorities to take prior permission before carrying out any dharmic activity on the premises during the Hindu festival.
The incident came to light when former MP Tarun Vijay tweeted the official copy of the letter and criticized the Congress government for calling for a ban on dharma activities in the state of Rajasthan. “A black day for Hindus. The Cong government of Rajasthan bans all dharmic activities in India’s largest temple in Hinglaj Mata, Barmer, under a false pretense. What Baweja and Shehbaz did not do in Balochistan Hinglaj Mata mandir, Gehlot did in Rajasthan. Protest as much as you can,” he tweeted.
A dark day for Hindus
The Cong government of Rajasthan bans all dharmic activities in India’s largest temple in Hinglaj Mata, Barmer, under a false pretense. See police order. What Baweja and Shehbaz did not do in Balochistan, Hinglaj mata mandir Gehlot did in Rajasthan. Protest as much as you can pic.twitter.com/MJxbmxFfYE
— Tarun Vijay தருண் விஜய் भारत के वीर सैनिकों की जय (@Tarunvijay) September 24, 2022
The letter signed by SHO Barmer Kotwali stated that there were continuing internal issues in the Hindu community who are the devotees of the temple. Police said the likelihood of the problems escalating and creating larger-scale disruption in the city was imminent.
“Before Navratri, the Hinglaj temple authorities will not carry out any dharmic activity. If the authorities wish to organize dharmic and cultural programs during the festival, they must obtain official permission from the police. In the absence of permission, the authorities will face legal action from the police in this regard,” reads the letter to the chairman of the temple trust.
Navratri, one of the most famous and celebrated festivities in India, is celebrated with great grandeur every year. The Hindu community traditionally observes it for nine nights and ten days, during which the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga are honored. This year, Navratri begins on September 26 with the puja of Shailputri (one of the nine forms of the Goddess) and ends on October 5 with the festivities of Durga Visarjan and Dussehra.