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Andhra Pradesh: After Lord Rama, another deity’s murti desecrated

This incident has occurred just days after the 400-year-old idol of Lord Rama at the Ramateertham temple in Andhra Pradesh was vandalised

In the second recent incident of vandalism of Hindu temples and desecration of the murti (consecrated idol) of a deity in Christian Jagan Mohan Reddy-ruled Andhra Pradesh, Lord Subrahmanya Swamy’s idol in Lord Vigneshwara temple of Rajahmundry district was found in a desecrated condition on the new year day. A case has been registered. The are probing the matter and are on a lookout for the perpetrators.

Sources said that the vandals seemed to have struck on the intervening night of 31 December and 1 January.

This incident has occurred in quick succession after miscreants vandalised the 400-year-old idol of Lord Rama at the Ramateertham temple in Andhra Pradesh. They dismembered the head of the murti.

In the morning of 29 December, one of the priests found the doors of the ancient Sita Lakshmana Kodandarama temple broken open and the Ram idol in the sanctum sanctorum beheaded. The temple authority retrieved the severed part of the murti from the nearby temple pond on the next day.

The opposition expressed massive outrage at the incident. It slammed the ruling YSRCP government.

Vizianagaram has formed five teams. Sources said that they were investigating the matter.

The  has lashed out at the ruling party over the horrific incident, stating that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s inaction shows implicit support. Moreover, actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan of Jana Sena [part of NDA] urged Union Ministry of Home Affairs to keep a vigil on the series of incidents of attacks on temples, desecration of murtis, and destruction of temple chariots taking place for the past one-and-half-years in Andhra Pradesh.

The actor-turned-politician demanded a CBI probe on the vandalism incidents.

Former Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu slammed the chief minister too — while claiming that over 120 attacks took place on temples as per a premeditated plan in last 19 months and over 23 idols were demolished recently in six temples at Pithapuram.

There have been a series of incidents of temple vandalism in Andhra Pradesh. In September, miscreants had vandalised a murti of Nandi in a temple of District Chittoor. The had then alleged that the vandals had broken open the idol based on rumours that gold had been poured into the Nandi idol. On finding nothing, the men left the temple.

Elsewhere, a 62-year-old heritage chariot parked at ancient Antarvedi Lakshmi Narasimha Temple premises was found burnt in suspicious circumstances. The opposition alleged a conspiracy behind the chariot fire.

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