Clean pilgrimage campaign started by BJP Under this, senior BJP leaders including Union Ministers and Chief Ministers cleaned the temples and their surroundings by sweeping brooms in various parts of the country. The party wants to create an atmosphere for the consecration of Ram Lalla in the grand Ram temple being built in Ayodhya on 22 January. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performed Shramdaan in Ayodhya, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar, Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma in Jaipur and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav in Ujjain. Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav cleaned a temple in Balasore, Odisha, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Meenakshi Lekhi also joined the campaign. Speaking to reporters on the occasion of launching the campaign at Ravidas Temple in Delhi, Nadda said that every BJP worker is donating Shramdaan in various temples through the campaign and ‘Bhajan Kirtan’ is also being organized under this campaign which will run till January 22. Will be done. The cleaning of Ravidas temple by the BJP president assumes significance as Guru Ravidas has a large number of followers and is a major idol, especially in the Dalit community. Union Minister of State for Culture Lekhi also participated in the Swachh Teerth Abhiyan in New Delhi. While sharing the picture on the social media platform ‘X’, he wrote that he donated shramdaan in the old Hanuman temple near Connaught Place. He said that let us all contribute to this great campaign and celebrate Diwali by keeping our pilgrimage sites clean and lighting Ram Jyoti on 22nd January. BJP will also welcome the people going to Ram Temple after January 22 and will help in their stay. Prime Minister Modi will be present as the host at the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla at the sanctum sanctorum on January 22. The Uttar Pradesh government and several organizations launched the statewide cleanliness drive, which will continue till January 22, the day of Ram Lalla’s Pran Pratistha ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took part in the campaign in Ayodhya, while other ministers and public representatives joined the campaign at other places. Chief Minister Yogi said in his message on the social media platform ‘X’ that on the call of the Prime Minister, a state-wide massive cleanliness campaign was started on the occasion of the consecration of the new idol of Shri Ram Lalla in the grand and new temple in Shri Ayodhya Dham. Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya participated in the cleanliness campaign and donated labor from Balkeshwar Hanuman Temple in Nirala Nagar, Lucknow. UP Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak participated in the cleanliness campaign conducted at Dakshinmukhi Hanuman Temple in Lucknow. Senior BJP leaders have also started Swachh Teerth Abhiyan in other states of the country.
Regarding temples, Dr. Radhakrishnan writes, ‘Temples are visible symbols of Hindu religion. They are earth’s prayers to heaven. They are located in secluded and impressive places. The majestic and sacred Tung peaks of the Himalayas are a natural backdrop for great temples. The practice of going to the river for worship in the outer Muhurta has been followed for centuries. The beauty of temple buildings full of rest and mystery, dim lights that evoke a feeling of incongruity and wonder, songs and music, idols and worship, all these have the power of connotation (to signify). All the arts, architectural skills, music, dance, poetry, painting and sculpture are used so that we can experience the power of religion which cannot be defined and for which no art is an adequate vehicle. . Those who participate in the puja become one with the historic Hindu experience and the profound spiritual forces that have shaped the best of our genetic inheritance.’
At present the situation is that most of the historically important temples are under the control of the state governments and the local level temples are under the control of the temple committees. The common people have little or no involvement in the control of temples. Therefore he remains indifferent towards the maintenance of the temple. Because of faith he definitely comes to the temple to seek blessings from God. After giving donations, one becomes indifferent towards the temple. This is the reason that the income of lakhs and crores of rupees of temples is mostly under the control of the government, which spends it as per its wish and convenience instead of spending it on the propagation of Sanatan Dharma.
To break the indifference towards the temple, the Swachh Tirtha campaign launched by the BJP should not be limited to January 22 but the lovers of Hindu religion should make it an integral part of their lifestyle. Maintenance and cleanliness of the temple both are important. The condition of the temples reveals what the society thinks about temples and its religion. Therefore, it is necessary to be alert and aware about our temples and pilgrimage places. -Irwin Khanna, Chief Editor Dainik Uttam Hindu.