Deity donning RSS uniform sparks row

  • PTI
  • Updated: Jun 09, 2016 07:20 IST

SURAT : An idol of Lord Swaminarayan dressed up in the RSS uniform at a Suratbased temple kicked up a storm on Wednesday.

While the temple authorities saw nothing wrong with dressing the deity in Sangh’s outfit — white shirt tucked into a baggy khaki shorts with black cap and black shoes on — the Congress said it was unfortunate.

The issue came to light after a picture in which Lord Swaminarayan can be seen donning the RSS uniform went viral on social media platforms. The idol is also seen holding the national flag in one hand.

Swami Vishwaprakashji of the temple said the dress was gifted by a devotee. “We have a practice of presenting the idol in various dresses...We do not have any other agenda. We did not know that it will create a controversy,” he said.

Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said the temple must refrain from such activities.

Even Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani said that it should not have been done.

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