Unable to pay homage at the Someshwar Mahadev temple located in Raisen Fort in Madhya Pradesh due to lack of permission from the ASI, senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Monday decided to give up food ‘for peace of mind. spirit” until she was allowed to perform a ‘Jalabhihek’ or water ritual at the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Bharti reached the temple, located about 50 km from Bhopal, this morning to perform the ritual but had to offer prayers from outside the temple as the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) did not give permission to open this temple until Monday.
“I am deeply distressed that I cannot offer ‘Jalabhishek’ at Someshwar Mahadev temple. To control my emotions and have peace of mind, I have given up eating until I can worship at Someshwar Mahadev temple,” said said Bharti, who had served as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh in 2003-2004, in a statement.
Earlier, Bharti had written to collector Raisen to arrange for the water ritual she wanted to perform at the temple on Monday after Navratri.
After receiving Bharti’s letter, District Collector Arvind Dubey wrote to ASI authorities. But the ASI only authorized the opening of this temple on Monday.
According to historian Rajiv Lochan Choube, Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri defeated local ruler Puranmal by deception in 1543 and took over the fort and temple, which have remained closed ever since. A mosque appeared on the site.
After 1947, Fort Raisen and the temple came under the supervision of the Central Department of Archaeology, and the then Chief Minister, Prakash Chandra Sethi, authorized worship for one day at Mahashivratri following a public unrest in 1974, Choube said.