Series of Attacks on Temples in Andhra Triggers Outrage

ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA, January 2, 2021 : A series of incidents of vandalism of Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh has triggered public outrage and demands from the opposition parties for stringent action even as Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy promised that the desecrations will not be tolerated. In the latest incidents Lord Subrahmanya’s murthi in Sri Vigneshwara temple in Rajahmundry was found in a desecrated condition while Sri Komalamma Paadaalu on Paderu Ghat road in Visakhapatnam agency area was found damaged on Friday. Police have registered the cases and initiated the investigations. The vandalism is suspected to have taken place on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.

The latest incidents came to light even as the desecration of 400-year-old murthi of Lord Ram in Ramatheertham temple of Vizianagaram district triggered tension. The priests of Sita Lakshmana Kodandarama on Tuesday found the doors of the ancient temple broken. The murthi in the sanctum sanctorum was beheaded and the severed portion was recovered from the nearby pond the next day. These are not the only incidents. Last week, Lord Krishna temple in Darsi town was desecrated. Strongly condemning the incidents, opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have blamed YSR Congress Party government for its sheer negligence.