Krishna idol dressed in T-shirt, jeans sparks row in Vrindavan

An idol of Lord Krishna in the famous Banke Bihari temple here was allegedly clothed in T-shirt, jeans and holding a mobile phone in his hand instead of a flute, sparking off protests by devotees and political activists in this temple town on Saturday.

Vrindavan (UP), Sept 16: An idol of Lord Krishna in
the famous Banke Bihari temple here was allegedly clothed in
T-shirt, jeans and holding a mobile phone in his hand instead
of a flute, sparking off protests by devotees and political
activists in this temple town on Saturday.

Activists of the Samajwadi Party and Krishna devotees
took out a march and burnt an effigy of the temple caretakers
in protest against the Sacriligious Act.

The idol was reportedly dressed up in modern attire on
Thursday during Anand Mahotsava festivities and protestors
allege that that temple caretakers were involved.

Lakhs of devotees from around the world flock this in
this town, 10 km from Mathura, to pay obeisance at the temple
considered auspicious for members of the hare Krishna cult.

"Dressing up the Lord Krishna idol in T-shirt, jeans and
making it hold a mobile phone in his hand is against the
tenets of Hinduism and the act has hurt the sentiments of
devotees across the country," district SP unit chief Ballabh
Bhandari said.

A local social activist and Krishna devotee Rupam Verma
described the incident as "shocking" and demanded that the
caretakers be punished.

Bureau Report

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