Temple dedicated to Narendra Modi set to be ‘inaugurated’ on Sunday

People have been worshiping Narendra Modi by placing his photograph at this place for the last 11 years.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Updated: February 12, 2015 10:03 am
The temple with an idol of Modi in the sanctum has been built by BJP supporters. express The temple with an idol of Modi in the sanctum has been built by BJP supporters. (Source: Express photo)

A temple dedicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the outskirts of Rajkot is all set to be “inaugurated” on Sunday. The temple with an idol of Modi in the sanctum has been built by a group of BJP supporters.

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“We have been worshiping Narendra Modi by placing his photograph at this place for the last 11 years. Now, we have an idol of Modi sculpted. The idol will be installed in the temple on February 15. We have planned a mass-marriage ceremony on the same day. We have invited Union Minister of State for Agriculture Mohan Kundariya and Water Supply Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani to the event,” said Shankar Patel, president of Oum Yuva Group, an informal organisation of BJP workers and youths, which has built the temple.

“I know the BJP worker who has built this temple. But I don’t know exactly what the temple is all about so I would not like to comment. On Sunday, I have other engagements, so I would not be able to attend its inauguratuon,” Rupani told The Indian Express.

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The Indian Express was the first to report about the temple a year ago on February 13, 2014. The temple, which looks more like a hut with wicket-walls, is located on Kotharia road. “The marble idol has been sculpted by a sculptor from Orissa. We have spent Rs 1.7 lakh on the project. We are also planning to place idols of Bharat Mata and Swami Vivekananda in the temple. But that will take another eight months,” said Patel, who runs a paan-cum-tea stall near the temple. The temple is built on government land and therefore, technically, it is an encroachment, Patel admitted. The BJP worker’s tea stall, Oum Paan Centre, was one of the venues for Modi’s chai pe charcha (discussion over a cup of tea) on February 12, 2014.

Local BJP leaders, however, said that the ministers were likely to attend the event. “The temple is built by Oum Yuva Group, but the BJP is supporting the project. Kundariya, Rupani and chiefs of Rajkot city and district units of the BJP are likely to attend the ceremony on Sunday,” said Hiren Joshi, president of Rajkot District Youth BJP.

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First Published on: February 12, 2015 3:48 am
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    Pradeep Sethi
    Feb 9, 2016 at 7:42 am
    Sycophancy should be strongly opposed by NaMo and BJP. Such encroachments on Public land must be demolished to prove that PM is against such practices
    1. B
      Barka Farooki
      Feb 12, 2015 at 8:16 am
      Well that explains why muludes of gods and goddesses that exists in the nation. Today it is just a small temple by fringe elements. In few years times, there will be dozens, and when Modi dies he will be worshiped and his temples will be everywhere especially in the Modistan (Gujjuland). Within a few decades he will achieve total divine powers and many books rivaling Gita and Mahabharata will be written about him and his divinity! Insane but reality!
      1. S
        Feb 12, 2015 at 9:07 pm
        This may be good source of income for a couple of people in future. Blind faith.... What else you can expect from such people...
        1. A
          Feb 12, 2015 at 7:44 am
          This is dumb and disgusting... This is worse than congress sycophancy.
          1. M
            Feb 12, 2015 at 7:10 am
            I respect Modiji for what he is doing and his selfless service to the nation but this is the DUMBEST thing one could do for him unless one is his enemy.
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              Satarupa Chatterjee
              May 5, 2015 at 9:27 pm
              It is ironical that his temple is to be inaugurated with a m- marriage ceremony, when the man himself practiced lifelong celebacy
              1. S
                still modi
                Feb 12, 2015 at 8:54 am
                This is disgusting. Modi Ji told everyone after wining the election, not to treat him like god. This is the reason why movie PK is making money,
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