About 50 to 60 Muslim fundamentalists entered the ancient temple of Machindranath atop the Malang Garh fort to disrupt the aarti being performed by Hindu devotees. ‘Allah hu Akbar’ Shouted slogans. This is reported in the report published in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana.
according to the report, On March 28, while Hindu devotees were performing the traditional aarti, crowds of Muslims entered the Machindranath temple and attempted to disrupt the proceedings. The angry Muslim crowd raised slogans of ‘Allah-Hu-Akbar’. Not only this, to stop the Hindus from carrying on their annual tradition, they shouted around them.
This video has now gone viral on the Internet. In the video, crowds of Muslims can be seen chanting ‘Allah-Hu-Akbar’, threatening Hindu devotees against performing their rituals.
Let us know that every year, the devotees of Machindranath take a religious journey called Magh Purnima Srimalang Yatra till Malang Garh Fort to pay their respects to Machindranath. However, due to an outbreak of the Corona virus, this year’s trip was canceled. But at the insistence of Shiv Sena, according to Hindu traditions, Hindus were allowed to perform all religious rituals in the temple of Machindranath. As per government rules – annual bath, palanquin, gandamala, naivedya, maha aarti – were allowed to attend 50 devotees including government officials and other dignitaries.
However, the fundamentalists did not like this and planned to interrupt Aarti. As soon as the Hindu organizations came to know about this, they informed the police about it. The police allowed only seven Hindu devotees to enter the temple for the Aarti, citing Corona virus restrictions. Five minutes after the aarti began, a violent mob of 50-60 Muslim fundamentalists entered the temple and chanted ‘Allah-hu-akbar’, asking Hindus to stop their religious rituals.
Hindu organizations complained against the Muslims who sabotaged the temple at the Hill Road Police Station. However, the police assured that they would investigate without registering the case. Hindu groups gave the police an ultimatum of 4 days to investigate the incident and arrest the culprits, failing which they called for a massive agitation.
The incident occurred on March 28 at 8 pm. It is being told that when the police tried to intervene, the Muslim mob grabbed the collars of the policemen and pushed them. So far four people in the case Arrested has been done.
There has been a long-standing dispute between Hindus and Muslims over the ownership of the place.
Hindu devotees believe that the place is the resting place of Baba Machindranath of the Nath sect and the Peshwas entrusted a Brahmin family named Ketkar to perform the puja. Every year Hindu rituals are worshiped here, especially on Magh Purnima, a grand aarti is organized. However, Muslims claim that it is the holy place of Sufi Fakir Haji Abdul Rahman Shah Malang aka Malang Baba. He claims that he came from Yemen in the 13th century.