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Ahmedabad: Tension in Anand village after Harijans ‘banned’ from temple

The message, “Harijan (Scheduled Caste) not allowed inside”, was found on the notice board outside Somnath Mahadev Temple in Amrol village under Aanklav Taluka on Monday.

Gujarat: Social justice dept proposes no begging at 10 religious places

The proposal has been sent to the state government to accommodate it in the upcoming Budget session of the Gujarat Assembly, scheduled to begin from July 2.


Twelve raths flagged off to promote Dwadash Jyotirling Mahotsav at Somnath

These 12 raths, or a fleet of tableaux, dedicated one each to 12 jyotirlings of Lord Shiva in the country will roam in the 33 districts of the state for six days.

Modi, Shah likely to attend congregation of 12 jyotirlingas at Somnath temple

Somnath temple has been a focal point for the BJP, especially after party leader LK Advani launched his Ayodhya rath yatra from Somnath in the 1990s. The rath yatra propelled BJP to power both in Gujarat and later in the Centre.

Gujarat: Covering entire Somnath temple in gold will restore its pride, says Amit Shah

He said that because the temple was also a symbol of pride of people, leaders took up the task of rebuilding it after India won freedom in 1947.

Restoring pride and glory of Somnath temple only answer to desecration in the past: Amit Shah

For people like me, for whom this temple has an article of faith since their childhood, the development of this temple is incomplete and meaningless till the time entire temple is not plated with gold, the BJP president said.


Temple, then and now

The Somnath temple was reconstructed despite opposition in the past

Amid terror threats cultural programme at Somnath temple deferred

State DGP PC Thakur had earlier announced that out of four teams of NSG which arrived in Gujarat on Saturday, one has been sent to Somnath to beef-up security.

Profile of the Shree Somnath Trust in Gujarat

Indian Express profiles the Shree Somnath Trust, traditionally dominated by politicians. BJP president Amit Shah was appointed Trustee this week.

Amit Shah made trustee of Somnath Temple Trust

“Shah will file an affidavit with the charity commissioner within a week and after that formality is completed, he will formally become one of the trustees of SST,” Trust secretary Pravin Laheri said.