Temple in UP ‘Purified’ with ‘Gangajal’ after a Muslim MLA’s Visit

By Syed Ali Mujtaba, Edited By Adam Rizvi, The India Observer: In an ongoing attempt to ‘other’ the Muslim community, a new event has come to light when a temple in Uttar Pradesh was ‘purified’ after a Muslim MLA, visited the Hindu place of worship at the the invitation of the local people to participate in a religious function.

The incident took place on Sunday, November 26, 20023, when Doomariyaganj Samajwadi Party MLA, Ms Sayeda Khatoon had visited the ‘Samay Mata temple’ located at Badhani Chafa’s Nagar Panchayat in Siddharthnagar district of UP.

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After the MLA left the temple, some people who were not in favor of her visit, purified the place with ‘Ganga Jal’ amid chanting of the Vedic hymns. The purification ritual was done by Dharamraj Verma, chief of Badhani Chafa’s Nagar Panchayat where the temple is located.

“Because Sayeda Khatoon is a Muslim and eats cow meat, her visit to this holy place had made it impure,” Dharamraj Verma said, adding, “After this purification, this place has now become completely pure. He further said, the MLA was invited by some “unrighteous” people, and such an act can never be tolerated.”

Dharamraj Verma is associated with BJP and Hindu Yuva Vahini, a right-wing group started by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath mainly for hate Muslim activities.

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 In response, MLA Sayeda Khatoon who is known to have got several temples renovated in the area said, “Many Brahmins and saints of the area are associated with me and had invited me to the temple’ about ten days ago. I honor all religions; I am a legislator for all the people in the area and will go wherever I am invited,”

“I am being a people’s representative would continue to visit places related to all religions and sects and would not be deterred by any such kind of cheap acts,” she further said.

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Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Sr.Journalist, Author based in Chennai, India. Writes frequently for the USA based News Portal, TheIndiaObserver. He is author of the book Soundings on South Asia, New Dawn Press (2005). He can be reached at or TIO, at

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