Ujjain’s Mahakal temple sees red after two women cut a cake in celebration
The two women intend to fight back after the district administration slapped a notice asking them to furnish Rs 1 lakh bond and appear in the ADM’s court.Updated: May 21, 2018, 11:33 IST
Hell has broken loose on two women after a seemingly innocuous act of cutting a cake on premises of Mahakal temple at Ujjain to celebrate a wedding anniversary found its way into the local media.
The district administration that runs the temple served a show cause notice by the additional district magistrate’s (ADM) court on Saturday to the two women asking them to appear before the court on May 25 to explain their conduct. They have also been asked furnish Rs 1 lakh personal bond each to the administration to ensure their presence before the ADM court on May 25, officials familiar with the development said.
The two women also face a possible one-month ban on entering the temple under section 144 of CrPC. The administration has also written to the district commandant Home Guard, Ujjain to take action against a woman home guard Meena Prajapati who allegedly helped the two women instead of restraining them from cutting the cake. Hindustan Times has copies of the notices and letter.
The additional district magistrate (ADM) is in charge of administrative affairs of the temple on behalf of the district collector.
One of the two women, Nandini Joshi (35) said she along with Sadhna Upadhyay (42), both residents of Ujjain, cut a cake in Nandi Hall adjacent to the Garbhgrih of the temple on May 7 to celebrate the latter’s wedding anniversary.
A lady home guard on duty at the temple also allegedly helped the two in celebration. The incident was highlighted in the local media and sparked trouble for them.
The show cause notice by the additional district magistrate’s office says Nandini Joshi and Sadhna Upadhyay’s act of cutting cake highlighted in media and social media has “created an atmosphere of chaos among general public, priests and devotees, which may have an adverse impact on the arrangements meant for darshan by thousands of devotees and also on public order and general arrangements.”
A distraught Joshi wants to know which rule or holy book prohibits one from cutting a cake on the temple premises.
She said she had made the eggless cake herself. Also, she cut the cake in Nandi Hall, away from the Garbhgrih of the temple.
“Nowhere in the temple it was written that cutting the cake was prohibited. None of the security personnel stopped them from doing so. How could such a simple act disturb the peace and order on the temple premises,” she asked.
“This has never happened in the history of Mahakal that administration serves notice to anyone on such a flimsy ground. It has made us look ridiculous in the eyes of people. Moreover, we have been asked to deposit personal bond of Rs one lakh each which is nothing but absurd,” she added.
She said she would certainly reply to the notice but she and Sadhna were aghast on receiving such a notice as if they had committed some crime.
Temple administration in-charge Awdhesh Sharma who is from the state civil service, said he was not in a position to comment on the notice as some other official was supposed to look after the administrative affairs at the temple now in his place.