Udupi, Jan 17, 2021: Udupi Pejawara Matadhipati Sri Vishwaprasanna Teertha Sripadaru has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah to and take stern action against those behind temple attacks in Andhra Pradesh.
Sripadaru who is also a member of Ayodhya Ram Mandir trust has expressed concern over the attack on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh for one and half years and has asked for Shah’s intervention.
“The recent desecration Lord Ram idol at the ancient Sita Lakshamana Kodandarama temple has enraged the entire Hindu community. The horrific incident took place about 20 days ago but the Andhra Pradesh Government has done precious little to apprehend the miscreants. The State Government’s indifference in dealing with the issue is quite evident,” he said.
Sripadaru drew the attention of Shah at the other similar incidents in Andhra Pradesh.
“Attack on the Ramatheertham temple is not a stray incident. Andhra Pradesh has been witnessing a series of spiteful incidents of temple vandalism for the past one and half years. The gutting of temple chariots in Bitragunta (Nellore) in February, Antarvedi (East Godavari) in September, and desecration of several Hindu idols at Pithapuram in January are some of the prominent malicious acts reported last year. In the past one and half years, as many as 120 attacks have taken place on temples. These attacks appear to be a premeditated plan,” he said.
Sripadaru expressed unhappiness over the inaction of the state government.
“Miscreants, as it appears, resorting to the evil acts because of inaction by the State Government; no serious action was taken to trace and arrest the people behind these barbaric incidents of temple vandalism. The state administration has been unresponsive to the call and appeal of the Hindu community to protect the temples,” he said.
“These attacks are continuing unabated in Andhra Pradesh. This is a sensitive issue affecting the whole Hindu community. Since the State Government is not taking any decisive action to prevent attacks on temples and bring the culprits to book, I urge you to intervene in the issue, especially attack the Ramatheertham temple, and take stern action against those indulging in these vicious acts,” he asked.