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  1. Somnath Temple entry for non-Hindus :Tewari accuses trustees of bigotry

Somnath Temple entry for non-Hindus :Tewari accuses trustees of bigotry

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday criticised the decision of the Somnath Temple trustees that non-Hindus have to receive special permission to enter the temple premises, and said "there seems to be a very strange kind of bigotry which is taking hold of liberal and a tolerant ethos called the Hindu faith".

By: | Published: June 4, 2015 7:36 PM

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Thursday criticised the decision of the Somnath Temple trustees that non-Hindus have to receive special permission to enter the temple premises, and said “there seems to be a very strange kind of bigotry which is taking hold of liberal and a tolerant ethos called the Hindu faith”.

Speaking to ANI, Tewari said : “The essence of the Hindu faith is that you can be an agnostic and yet be a Hindu. The essence of the Hindu faith is that you can worship one out of the seven million gods.

Hinduism has never been constrained by a very narrow and a monotheistic interpretation. So, therefore, under those circumstances, Hindu scholars need to deliberate as to whether the decision of the

Somnath trust is correct or not.”

Earlier in the week, Shree Somnath Trust (SST), a religious trust which manages the temple, had put up three public notices at the main entrance and Digvijay Dwar which directed that non-Hindus will have to seek permission of the trust before entering the main temple.

Somnath Trust has eight trustees, four of whom are nominated by Gujarat government while the remaining four are nominees of the Central Government.

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel is incumbent chairman of the trust while Prime Minister Narendra Modi, veteran BJP leader L K Advani and retired chief secretary of Gujarat, Pravin Laheri are its trustees.

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  1. aditya aditya
    Jun 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm
    hahahhaa.. sonai mata and Rahul baba temple!!! tihar jail would be ideal place to build one...
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      India
      Jun 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm
      Whats wrong in that, if you are Hindu no one objected you to come in to the temple, just we asking you to give a declaration saying I'm a non-hindu and willing to take part in temple rituals if you are not a Hindu... In fist place why a non-hindu going to to Hindu Temple if at all he not wanting to be a Hindu.... see Sri Paripoornananda Saraswati is not a Hindu by birth but we respect him because he learned to be a Hindu way of life and no one rejects him to go in to any temple...
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        dineesh
        Jun 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm
        Manish Tewari - here is for you. You should and must worship in your temple of Sonia hi only and do not interfere in other people's temples.
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        1. Madhava Murthy Bommathanahalli
          Jun 4, 2015 at 8:37 pm
          Temples are certainly meant for devotees of certain faith.Congress is a kichdi party and it's members want to put a clog in every wheel.
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            Ragavan
            Jun 5, 2015 at 11:48 am
            Mothballed Manish...just vamoos. We're sick of your baritoned n complicated angrezi. Go to sleep for min. 9 more years.
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              Jayasurya.K
              Jun 5, 2015 at 10:17 am
              It is wrong to allow non Hindus to enter into the Hindu temples as it is disturbing the faith of Hindu people. This is not an issue of discrimination, it is an issue of faith. Non Hindus have nothing to do inside Hindu temples. This place is not a tourist place to find entertainment or school to study any thing. In Kerala we never allow non Hindus to enter Hindu temples and this system is following here from centuries . So there is nothing new to us.
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                Rudrapratap
                Jun 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm
                Why not throw open the High Command temple to non-dynastic aspirants? Why so much gotry to make only RaGa the next President, Mr. Tiwari?
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                  sssaadssd
                  Jun 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm
                  if you cant enter in makka or madina as a non muslim and cant enter in vatican as a non catholic, than why you want to enter in a hindu temple when belongs to other religion, thaT IS PLACE for hindu devotee not for tourist or entertainemtn place, and if you belive in hindu mythology just get a permission and visit their, i have seen so many non hindu peoples in Mahakaleshwar ujjain in the time of aarties they do not follow the rules of various aarties , it always disturb hindu devotees. so this this is the welcome decision. and i advise Manish Tiwari to build a temple of Sonia Mata and Rahul Baba and dont give permission to any one to visit there even digvijay singh,
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                    M G
                    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:07 am
                    I'm a Hindu and I dont believe in what you believe. Why is it wrong for non-Hindus to enter a temple. Pls explain. No body said anything about a tourist.. It is simple.. Any one, any time should be allowed to enter the temple as long as they are not dis-honouring in any way... Period.
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                      M G
                      Jun 5, 2015 at 11:08 am
                      Just because something has been going on for centuries doesnt mean it is right and correct. It is time to think a little with head and not heart and emotions...
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                        M G
                        Jun 5, 2015 at 11:04 am
                        This has always bugged and made me very angry when some temples do not allow non-Hindus to enter the temple. YES... what happened to the belief that anyone can be a Hindu and where does it mention and say that only Hindus can enter a temple. I dont understand.. This is against the tenets of the Hindu philosophy and religion.
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                          M G
                          Jun 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm
                          This is so sad and tragic that we are comparing ourselves with other religions. We should be above and beyond them. Just because they dont allow doesnt mean we have to do the same. We should be better and beyond the prejudices that govern other religions. This doesnt mean Hinduism doesnt have any prejudices of its own.... but at least we should try to get rid of them and live a better life not only for us but also for the betterment for others. As long as anyone respects and behaves properly, they should all be welcome. That is it. The only criteria for anyone visiting a Hindu temple-- for that matter, any religious place-- should be respect and proper behaviour. That's it. We should stop comparing ourselves with other religions and think of Hinduism, not so much as an established religion, but more like a way of life--always evolving and adapting. It should be seen as being more tolerant and more open-- not closed and little minded (like other religions).. then automatically it will get the rightful place that it deserves in the world.
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                          1. Umesh Verma
                            Jun 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm
                            For any decision related to Hindu must be commented by Non-BJP. I hope the trustee want to know the interest of non-hindu visited Somnath Temple as a record. But no can enter Mosque other than Muslim ask Manish Tiwari.
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                              yousef
                              Jun 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm
                              Corrections: An agnostic is not a Hindu. Hinduism has no fence sitters. It has charvak philosophy that says no God and it has others that say there is God. But no fence sitters. They are found in Congress party only. Essence of Hinduism is not worshipping one of 7 million Gods. Hindusim at its core requires one to make a progression from sagun to nirgun to advait or what is called by west or soufi's as pan-theism. And this idea happens to be core of Budhism and Sikhism as well. Your idea of its essence only shows you are in the kindergarten in this field. Since you are now taking baby steps to understand this field, use the time given by election defeat to study it well. We will see if we should vote you based on your progress.
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