A Surat-based temple dressed up Lord Swaminarayan’s idol in the RSS uniform. The idol was also seeing holding the national flag in one hand.
The issue came to light when the picture went viral on social media. The temple is situated in Laskana area of Surat, Gujarat.
Swami Vishwaprakashji of the temple said that 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,” he told PTI.
Opposition party Congress condemned the move and 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,”Senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said.
However, Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani said they don’t approve of it and it should not have been done.