A video of Muslims eating meat biryani on the premises of the Hanuman temple in Hampi has gone viral on social media. Hindu Janajagruti Spokesperson who visited Hampi shared the video and sought Vijaya Nagara police and ASI to take action against the culprits.
Mohan Gowda, Karnataka Spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti shared a video on Twitter in which a Muslim family can be seen eating. He said that he visited Hampi that day and found Muslims carrying and eating non-vegetarian biryani in the premises of Chakradhar Hanuman temple. Tagging the Vijayanagar police handle, under whose jurisdiction Hampi falls, he asked them to take legal action against the culprits.
He tagged Archeological Survey of India(ASI) as well and sought them to prohibit non-Hindus inside the temples. As the Hampi monuments are situated in open space they are easily accessible to all sorts of people most of them have no regard for religious sentiments or historical importance.
In February a group of foreigners were found partying at the Purandara mantapa in Hampi. Locals who saw them filmed it and informed the police. When they confronted them and said that drinking alcohol is not allowed in the premises they argued back saying that there were no sign boards informing the same. Police warned the tourists and let them off.
Reportedly many foreigners prefer Hampi for rock climbing, bouldering and water activities in the Tungabhadra and most of them come on their own unsupervised by local guides. It has resulted in such unpleasant situations. Some Bharatiyas also act without respect, treating the remains of a great civilisation as a mere tourist place. Recently a reel maker who climbed atop a 14th century mantapa was booked by the police after the video surfaced on social media.
At that time police said that sign boards will be installed to inform tourists of the rules and regulations to prevent such incidents. Yet the Muslim family consumed meat on the Anjaneya temple premises. Locals allege that the district administration does not impose the rules strictly on the ground leading to more violations. Security personnel also are not adequate when tourists visit Hampi in large numbers.
Temples under ASI maintenance seem to attract violators and vandals as non-Hindus see them as mere monuments and architectural marvels. Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar temple also faced similar desecration when some Muslim women consumed chicken and biryani inside the temple premises. But locals were quick to escort them out with the help of police.