The Maari Gudi temple management at Kapu town in Udupi district of coastal Karnataka has decided not to allow ‘people from other faith’ to do business on its land during the annual temple festival on the request of certain pro-Hindu organisations.
The step was taken after outfits such as Hindu Jagarana Vedike and Tulunadu Hindu Sena, Kapu, appealed to the temple management not to allow the Muslim traders during the two-day religious fair on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The organisations said the Muslims had supported a bandh against the High Court verdict on the hijab issue, which showed their disregard for the law of the land and the judicial system in India.
“The pro-Hindu organisations submitted a memorandum asking us to allow only Hindu traders during the Marigudi festival and not the people from other faith. Accordingly, the temple management has decided not to give land on rent belonging to the temple management to anyone who is not a Hindu. Only Hindus will be given space to do business,” an executive officer of the temple told reporters in Kapu.
In a memorandum to the temple management, Kapu-based Tulunadu Hindu Sena appealed that no Muslim should be allowed to do trading during the ‘Suggi Maari Puja’ festival.
“No Muslim should be given place to put up stalls during the Maari Puja festival. If the Muslims are allowed to put up their stalls, you (temple authorities) alone will be responsible for the problem and the danger. Hence, you should not give place to Muslims to put up stalls,” the Hindu Sena said.
Prakash K of the Hindu Jagarana Vedike said the Maari Puje in Kapu town is a very big festival in Udupi district in which a large number of Muslim traders do business here.
“Those who have no respect for our Gods, our religious places and follow a different faith should not do business during our religious festivals. This was the appeal by the Hindu community to the Marigudi temple management,” he told reporters.
“They (Muslims) don’t have any respect for the law of the land and the High Court verdict. Hindu society should not give chance to such traitors to do business,” Prakash said.