Rambhakta Advani turns to Krishna
The veteran leader's loyalists are confident that the Lord's message will help ward off problems in the party.india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 17:47 IST
With the Ram temple issue unlikely to help in the party's revival anymore, senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani seems to be turning to Lord Krishna for blessings in his attempts to make a comeback both within and outside the saffron party.
Like the embattled Mahabharata warrior Arjuna, who sought the divine cowherds' help in the battlefield of Kurukshetra surrounded by kin-turned-enemies, Advani, who is at the receiving end from sections within the party and the larger Sangh Parivar, too appeared to be seeking the Lord's intervention as he visited famous Krishna temples all along the 6000-km Yatra route crisscrossing 10 states.
The 78-year old leader, who had changed the party's fortunes with his landmark Somnath-Ayodhya Yatra in support of the construction of the Ram temple, began his ongoing "Bharat Suraksha Yatra" from Rajkot on April 6 after offering prayers at the famous Dwarakadheesh temple nearby.
As the Advani juggernaut rolled down Gujarat, the former BJP Chief paid obeisance at the famous Rancchorji (Krishna) temple at Dakor in the state's Kheda district.
As he prepared to leave Maharashtra on Wednesday from this textile city, the veteran saffron leader left his custom-built Rath and set off on a pilgrimage, this time to the famous Vithoba temple in Pandharpur.
Accompanying him on the four-seater chopper were wife Kamala and party leaders Ananth Kumar and Pramod Mahajan, a self-proclaimed 'political Hindu'.
The leader of Opposition also visited the temple of Goddess Tulja Bhavani, who is believed to have given a sword to Maratha warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji and also paid obeisance at the Veerasaiva shrine of Siddharameshwara.
Advani's Rath would be reaching Tirupati on April 16. Here too, the senior BJP leader would be offering prayers at the famous shrine of Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Krishna.
In the wake of the Jinnah controversy, Advani had referred to drawing inspiration from Krishna's sermon the battlefield, the Bhagwad Gita.
His loyalists are confident that the Lord's message would help their leader ward off the problems in the parivar and the party.
First Published: Apr 12, 2006 16:25 IST