Sunday, April 4, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Farmer to build temple dedicated to ‘goddess’ Maya

Farmer to build temple dedicated to 'goddess' Maya

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
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Nathupura (Mahoba), April 04, 2010
First Published: 00:42 IST(4/4/2010)
Last Updated: 00:46 IST(4/4/2010)

Taking Mayawati worship to another dimension, a farmer in Uttar
Pradesh's Mahoba district, who doubles up as a lawyer, is all set to
build a temple dedicated to his idol and the Uttar Pradesh chief

Kanhiya Lal (49), a resident of Nathupura village, around 300 km south
of state capital Lucknow, claimed the temple construction was a
personal endeavour.

Dalits constitute nearly one-third of the village's population. "I
don't think any permission from anyone is required — administration or
even the chief minister — because the temple would come up on one of
the two pieces of land that I own," Lal said. "And dedicating a temple
to any deity is no crime, is it?"

The 'deity' in question, of course, is none other than Bahujan Samaj
Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.

"To me she (Mayawati) is on a par with Lord Buddha. I worship her and
I don't think one needs the permission of a deity to build a temple
dedicated to one," said Lal, who is not a Dalit but of the backward
Lodh Rajput caste. "But I won't mind moving an application to her (in
case such permission is required) through the local Bahujan Samaj
Party unit."

The Mahoba administration has said that it has no role to play if the
temple comes up on private land.

Lal said he was willing to donate 1.2 hectare of agricultural land for
the temple's cause.

"My land's value is Rs 7 lakh," he said. "If just 20 people came
forward to contribute a similar amount, then it would total Rs 1.4
crore — enough to make a grand and glorious temple with an ornate

But if others refuse to show his level of enthusiasm, he would still
build the temple, though a smaller one, Lal said.


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