Indore, the cleanest city in India, is gearing up to celebrate the inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22. However, the mayor of the city, Pushyamitra Bhargava, has stirred up a controversy by appealing to the malls, restaurants, and other establishments in the city to install replicas of the temple from January 15 to 22.
Mayor compares Ram temple replicas with Santa Claus and Christmas tree
Bhargava had written a letter last month requesting the installation of such replicas at malls, major markets, and public places. He said that it was a matter of devotion and pride for the people of Indore. However, some mall and shop owners have reportedly shown non-cooperation to his appeal.
On Monday, after the mayor’s council meeting, Bhargava said, “Santa Claus statues and Christmas trees have been installed at many places in the city since December 25. If you have no objection to installing these, then there should be no objection in installing a replica of Ram temple.” He added that the idol consecration of the Ram temple was a step towards ‘Ram Rajya’ and he did not think anyone would have an objection to it.
Mayor warns of public response to non-cooperation
Bhargava also warned that if any person showed non-cooperation without any reason in this festivity filled with devotion for Ram, then the people of Indore knew how to respond. He said that he had made a public appeal and not a threat. He said that he did not instigate anyone, but only expressed his sentiments. He said that nobody had so far refused to his appeal of installing replicas of Lord Ram and Ram temple.
City to celebrate Ram temple inauguration on the lines of Diwali
The mayor’s appeal came after a meeting held on January 5 in AICTSL office led by the state cabinet ministers Kailash Vijayvargiya, Tulsiram Silawat, mayor Pushyamitra Bhargava, and MP Shankar Lalwani to review preparations in Indore to celebrate Ram temple’s inauguration. They had revealed that the event would be celebrated on the lines of Diwali festivities as apart from lighting as many as 1.11 crore ‘Diya’ (earthen lamps) on January 22, the entire city would be decorated while a series of events would be organized from January 14. Representatives of many commercial establishments had participated in the meeting, had made different suggestions, and assured their participation in the celebration.