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BJP MLA Raja Singh writes to ASI asking removal of Dargah from Jogulamba temple premises

Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh has written a letter to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) seeking the removal of a Dargah constructed within the Jogulamba temple premises. The Jogulamba Temple is a Shaktipeeth where Maa Sati’s upper teeth fell.

Raja Singh highlighted the significance of the temple to Hindus in general and Shaktas (worshippers of Shakti) in particular, the temple was one of the Maha Shakti Peethas, a group of eighteen (Ashtadasa) temples considered the most significant shrines and pilgrimage destinations. He also brought to light the fact that the temple is housed in the Navabrahma temple complex which is a group of nine Shiva temples constructed in the seventh-eighth centuries.

“The temple was included under the PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation Advancement Drive) scheme of the Government of India in 2019 and was being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, Hyderabad Circle”, Raja Singh mentioned in his letter.

Furthermore, he noted that government authorities failed to act on the illegal structure within the temple premises. He stated that the Dargah suddenly appeared within the temple complex and a Kaman was constructed overnight. He has requested the ASI authorities to act at the earliest and remove the illegal encroachment as a mark of respect for Hindu sentiments.

(Featured Image Source: The Hans India)

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