Ahmadabad, June 5: While the Somnath temple has put up a notice saying that non Hindus will need permission to visit the temple, BJP leader, Subramanian Swamy has said that the notice is lawful.
In a recent notice the temple authorities have said that the visitors who are non Hindus will have to explain the reason for the visit.
"Shree Somnath Jyotirling is a pilgrimage for Hindus. Non-Hindus will have to obtain permission from the office of the General Manager (of the temple) to enter the sacred premises," read a notice that was put up beside the temple's main entrance earlier this week. The temple has said that the decision was taken keeping in mind security concerns.
"The notice is lawful. We build a mandir after its Pran Pratistha Puja. According to this, it is the residence of God, God enters the idol and gives life to that. If a non-Hindu says that he has faith in Shiva and he wants to pray him, then he can go and seek permission accordingly. But coming just as a tourist is not right", Swamy said.
Several senior political leaders of the ruling BJP are members the temple trust, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, LK Advani and Keshubhai Patel.
The temple - one of the 12 holiest Shiva temples in the country - had been desecrated and vandalised repeatedly by Muslim invaders.
"I welcome this notice. I would ask even the non-Hindus to maintain this. If he wants permission to get in the Mandir then he has to say that he has faith in Shiva", Swamy said.