In Bharat, calling Martand Temple ‘Shaitan ki gufa’ & shooting a dance for the film Maqbool is ok but doing Hindu rituals there is not. This is what this psudo secularism has done to Bharat. ASI officials said that the ‘Pooja’, attended by Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha at premises of Archaeological Survey of India-protected Martand Sun temple in Anantnag, was in violation of rules and issue has been raised with UT administration.
ASI officials should know that Customary Practises are allowed in ASI protected temples as per the law. On 8th of May, Manoj Sinha who is the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir participated in the auspicious Navgrah Ashtamangalam Pooja at Martand Sun temple, Mattan, Anantnag.
Martand Sun Temple was built by Great Hindu King Lalitaditya Muktapida. But unfortunately, muslim ruler Sikandar Butshikan, the idol breaker, in the early 15th century ordered complete demolition of the Martand Sun Temple, an exercise that is said to have lasted for a year. It was done in his effort to convert Hindus of the Valley to Islam, which he succeeded in doing to a large extent by persecuting Hindus on large scale, destroying the Hindu-Buddhist icons of culture and infusing terror in the minds of Hindus and Buddhists of the Valley. He had also destroyed a large number of Buddhist temples and masterpieces.
It must be noted that this Martand Sun Temple was shown as Devil’s Den in the movie of Shahid Kapoor, Haider. The movie in a very subtle way justified the seperatists and terrorists in the valley.
Manoj Sinha who is the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir wrote “Today participated in the auspicious Navgrah Ashtamangalam Pooja at Martand Sun temple, Mattan, Anantnag. Truly a divine experience in a godly ambience.Government is committed to protect and develop ancient sites of cultural & religious significance, transforming them into vibrant centers that will guide us on the path of righteousness and blesses this beautiful land with peace, happiness and prosperity.”
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