RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent visit to Chhattisgarh’s Kaushalya temple following an invitation from Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has sparked a fresh controversy between the ruling Congress and the main opposition. BJP in the state.
Last Tuesday, Bhagwat had gone to Chandrakhuri town, about 23 km from the capital, along with Chhattisgarh RSS functionaries. RaipurTo visit Kaushalya Temple, which is known as the only temple dedicated to the mother of Lord Rama.
Part of the Ram Van Gaman tourism circuit, the tourist circuit based on the route believed to have been taken over by Ram in the years spent in exile in Chhattisgarh, the temple was renovated by the Baghel-led government in 2021. Baghel also organized the first anniversary celebrations of his government at Chandrakhuri in 2021.
Baghel publicly invited Bhagwat to visit the Kaushalya temple, when the latter arrived in Raipur earlier this week to attend an RSS conference. Later the CM said in a tweet, ‘We had invited Mohan Bhagwat ji to visit Mata Kaushalya temple. I am sure they must have felt a sense of peace upon reaching there. They must have felt the new form of the temple, the love of Maa Kaushalya and the power of Rama. He had also invited Bhagwat to attend a gothan (cow shelter) and a school where Sanskrit had recently been made a compulsory subject.
As the RSS objected to the chief minister’s invitation to its chief through the media, the Congress government sent its Raipur leader Girish Dubey last Monday to hand over a formal invitation to Bhagwat. At the same time, the Congress criticized the RSS chief for “waiting for an invitation” to visit the temple, saying “our CM had invited him (Bhagwat). But through the media he expressed his ignorance. are here to invite you from.”
State Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla said, ‘BJP does politics of hatred regarding religion. But the Congress government of Chhattisgarh has shown them the politics of connecting with the people.
BJP hit back at Congress for “politicizing religion”, BJP leader Dharamlal Kaushik said “they (Congress) create such ruckus when they visit someone’s personal temple. Even if they were invited, did their Was there anyone to welcome? The Congress government is making religion a political issue. Bhagwat also visited the Ram temple built by the BJP government in Raipur on the same day.
The state Congress has said that at the center of such row with the BJP is its vigorous focus on temples, devgudi (tribal temples) and places of worship, which the saffron party regards as the point of its rally. “The idea is that the BJP should not be allowed to spread the politics of hate on religion, cow and identity. We are setting a better example, a model,” said a senior Congress leader.
The state BJP has drawn criticism from various quarters for not doing enough on these marks while in power, even as the party’s previous government led by the CM. Raman Singh Work had started on Ram Van Gaman Path.
Earlier, BJP leader Ajay Chandrakar had questioned the authenticity of the Kaushalya temple. “Can the Chief Minister tell us how he came to know where Kaushalya was born? Where is it written in the scriptures that Kaushalya was born here?
The Baghel government is also trying to reach out to the tribals as a part of their focus on religious and identity issues.
Earlier this week, tribal minister Kawasi Lakhma said, “He (Baghel) is blessed by all the gods. He is working for the betterment of Chhattisgarhia and tribals. I am sure that Baghel’s ancestors were tribal, as he feels for the people.”