India’s PM appalled by temple built to worship him

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was appalled that some of his fans had built a temple to deify him, adding that such an act contradicted tradition.

Hundreds of his followers in the western city of Rajkot donated funds for a temple that features a seated statue of Modi and is topped out with a wind gauge shaped like a lotus, the symbol of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I was appalled,” Modi said. “This is shocking and against India’s great traditions. Building such temples is not what our culture teaches us.”

Modi’s reaction unnerved some of those involved in the temple project, who plan to replace the statue of the prime minister with the idol of a Hindu god, but others were unfazed.

“We love Modi and worship him because he is the finest leader we have ever had,” said Paresh Rawal, an edible oil trader who donated the land for the temple.

Modi, the former leader of Gujarat state, where the temple is located, swept to power last year in the biggest national election victory in three decades, and has since led his party to a string of state poll wins.

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11 thoughts on “India’s PM appalled by temple built to worship him

  1. Their scriptures speaks only of one God.

    the Bhagvagita says in Ch. 7, V. 19 to 23…
    ‘All those who worship demi gods, all those do idol worship, they are materialistic people’.

    he Yajurveda Ch. No. 32, V. No. 3…
    ‘Natasya Pratima Asti’… ‘Of that God, no image can be made’.

    The same Yajurveda, Ch. No. 40, V. No. 8 says…
    ‘God is image less, and body less – He has got no form, He has got no body’.

    The Same Yajurveda, Ch. No. 40, V. No. 9 says…
    ‘All those who worship the Asumbhuti, the natural things like air, water, fire… All those who worshipping the Asumbhuti, are in darkness’. And the verse continues… ‘They are entering into more darkness. who are worshipping the Sambhuti

    – Sambhuti means… the created things.

    Yajurveda Ch. No. 40, V. No. 9…
    ‘If you worship the Sambhuti, the created things… the table, chair, etc., you are entering more into darkness.

    The Hindu Scriptures says…
    “Ekam Brahm, dvitiya naste neh na naste kinchan” (Sanskrit) – (Translation) ‘There is only one God, not a second, not at all, not at all, not in the least bit’.

    The same Rigveda… which is the most sacred of all Vedas.
    The Rigveda says in Vol. No. 8, Ch. No. 1, V. No. 1 .
    ‘All praises are due to Him alone’ –

    Regveda, Vol. 6, Ch. No. 45, V. No. 16 says…
    ‘There is only one God… Worship Him alone’.

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    • After other creeds, such as The Apostles and the Nicene, were accepted, came The Athenasian, in 500 AD.
      “We worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance.
      For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. But the godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is all one, the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.”

      I wonder how much influence came from Hindus’ belief in one true god, Brahman,

      Hindus believe that there is one true god, the supreme spirit, called Brahman. Brahman has many forms, pervades the whole universe, and is symbolised by the sacred syllable Om (or Aum).

      Most Hindus believe that Brahman is present in every person as the eternal spirit or soul, called the atman. Brahman contains everything: creation and destruction, male and female, good and evil, movement and stillness.

      There are three main aspects of Brahman. These are expressed in the trimurti and are:
      Brahma, the creator
      Vishnu, the preserver
      Shiva, the destroyer

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      • There are many thousands of lesser gods and goddesses in Hinduism. These are all ways of understanding the one true god called Brahman.
        Hindus believe that sometimes a god will appear on the earth in living form.

        Such an appearance is called an avatar. Perhaps the best English translation of avatar is ‘incarnation’, however avatar also conveys the belief that God has the ability to take any form and will descend to earth at times when there has been a decline in goodness, and evil is influencing human actions.

        For whenever the law of righteousness (dharma)
        Withers away, and lawlessness (adharma) raises its head,
        Then do I generate myself on earth
        For the protection of the good,
        For the destruction of evildoers
        For the setting up of righteousness
        I come into being, age after age.

        Bhagavad Gita, 4: 7 – 8

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      • An ex Hindu guy I spoke to said that paper was once his god. He had trouble gong to the toilet for a while. His best friend became a god and that was awkward.

        The verse below is after the verses from Bhagavad Gita you quoted.

        “Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires they worship demigods i.e. idols.(Bhagavad Gita 7:20)

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      • I wonder how much influence came from Hindus’ belief in one true god, Brahman,

        None Strewth. Before Jesus’ arrest He told the disciples that He would send them the Comforter (or Holy Spirit) as the one to act in His stead. The book of Acts is full of references to what the apostles did under the influence and direction of the Holy Spirit.

        Paul the apostle even mentions the Holy Spirit as the one who condemned the Jews (compare Acts 28;25-28 with Isaiah 6:9-10). When we look at the reference in Isaiah, we find that God talked to Isaiah.

        And then we have Genesis which talks about the Holy Spirit hovering over the location of the proposed planet earth, as well as God talking in plural (make man in our image).

        So the idea of God in three persons was not a new doctrine that was thought of at the Nicene Council.

        Neither came it from Hinduism, with its many thousands of gods and the provision to make a god out of say paper.

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    • Jehova disagrees.
      There are plenty of references to that effect; y’could start with the First Commandment.
      Anyway talk’s cheap…Who have the hindu gods ever beaten that we should take them seriously?

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      • I dunno there. the Hindu gods have apparently survived for a longer time than just about any other gods you can mention.
        Rian

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      • A few of the major religions around the world start off with one God that is the creator of all things. That one God makes it know quite clearly not to worship anyone else. As time goes on, despite the warnings, other Gods crept in. So we do not know when all these wanna be Hindu gods started turning up on the scene.

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      • Sounds like the current god at any given time is decided by the Party Room in Canberra. 🙂

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      • “So we do not know when all these wanna be Hindu gods started turning up on the scene.”

        Gods turning up, or being discovered but always there?

        Gods or manifestations of the one God?

        Jehovah didn’t ‘turn up’ until the start of the exodus, was only a local thunder God at that stage, until recognised as a manifestation of the one God.

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  2. Really?? –>”… Paresh Rawal, an edible oil trader……”
    I thought eating people was not allowed, regardless of what they did for a living.

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