In the News:
Protests Over Dressing Up of Krishna


Posted September 21, 2006

Vrindavan (UP), Sept 17: Shopkeepers downed shutters as protests, against the alleged dressing up of Lord Krishna idol in the famous Banke Bihari temple here in t-shirt, jeans and holding a mobile phone in his hand instead of a flute, spilled over into the second day on Sunday.

A case has meanwhile been filed in court against the temple's caretakers for the allegedly sacrilegious act.

Activists of saffron organisations like the Hindu Yuva Vahini and others took out protest marches and demanded action against the caretakers of the temple for the "sacrilegious act" in this temple town, about 10 km from Mathura.

Markets wore an empty look as shops dotting the town's narrow and cramped lanes had downed shutters in protest against the incident.

A petition had been filed in the district court against the caretakers of Banke Bihari temple and the court had issued notices to the parties concerned, according to temple sources.

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

Lakhs of devotees from around the world flock Vrindavan to pay obeisance at the temple considered auspicious for members of the Hare Krishna cult.

The local unit of the BJP has meanwhile demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Sansar Singh said a police force had been deployed around the temple and no untoward incident had taken place.

Activists of the BJP and students` wing of the Rastriya Lok Dal separately burnt the effigy of the priest of Banke Bihari temple while a resident of the town Ramesh Pujari sat on an indefinite fast today to protest the incident.

Bureau Report

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