Every State has thousands of temples and they have been built right from the time of the Vedic age.
It can thus safely be said that there are temples dedicated to almost all gods and goddesses that we know. However, did you know that
Ironically, Gandhi was against segregation of people from temples and he led people from other castes into temples. He also started a newspaper called Harijan. All his life he fought for human and humane values. He stood for truth, ahimsa and uprightness.
Unfortunately, all the values that the Mahatma stood for seems to have been forgotten.
Today, we see leaders of all hues and castes making a beeline to temples, praying to the deities and making grand promises. How would it be if they circambulated the two temples of Mahatma Gandhi in Indi and made a promise to be honest and live according to the tenets of the Mahatma.
Interestingly, while one of the temple dedicated to Gandhi is in south
Mangalore has the distinction of having a temple dedicated to Gandhi near it. The temple was built an year after the Mahatma was assassinated in 1947. .
The temple, built in 1948, is in Kankanady. Here there is an idol of Gandhi and it is worshipped thrice a day. The temples was built by Narasappa Saliyan and Somappa Saliyan,
Here too there is an idol of Gandhi and it is worshipped here. A tricolour is atop the statue. The temple priest is a Dalit and Gandhi’s writings are read out afterAarti twice a day.
The temple was constructed in 1973. The republic Day, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti and Martyr’s Day are celebrated here.
Would you believe it that though Bhatra village is classified as Ward No 1 of Sambalpur municipality, it is also regarded as the most backward.
A pointer to the way things are going in