Prominent Hindu deity Lord Hanuman seems to be passing through bad phase these days. A local court in Bihar today issued summons to the monkey god, asking him to appear in the court in connection with a roadside temple dedicated to him in Rohtas district.
With none to receive summon, the issuing authority has pasted a copy of summon on the idol of Panchmukhi Hanuman located along the main road at Dehri-On-Sone in Rohtas district, more than 170 km south of Patna. This photo is now trending on the social media.
The court of the sub-divisional magistrate issued the summon after hearing a complaint petition filed by the Public Works Department (PWD) wherein it charged the deity with encroaching upon the government land. The authorities in their petition sought the court’s intervention to remove the temple as it was causing much inconvenience to the common residents.
Last week, the Begusarai district administration had so-caused Hanuman, charging him with illegally constructing his “abode” on the government land and also threatened to pull down the encroachment by force if it was not removed on its own.
In the notice issued by circle officer Niranjan Kumar, the monkey god was asked to immediately remove his abode from Lohia Nagar locality of Begusarai town, terming it as a completely “illegal act”.
“You are hereby informed that you have encroached upon the government land by constructing a temple which is an illegal act,” said the one-page notice issued by the administration.
This is the third such incident in quick succession. Earlier this month, a local lawyer Thakur Chandan Kumar Singh had filed a case against mythological Hindu character Lord Ram in the Sitamarhi district court, charging the deity with causing “domestic violence on his wife Sita and showing cruelty towards her by exiling to forests for no faults of her own”.
The complainant had cited certain incidents during the Treta Yuga mentioned in Ramayana as “witnesses” in the case, while also making Laxmana as co-accused. He gave details of the accused persons as sons of King Dashratha, residents of Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), and cited the places of occurrence as Ayodhaya and other places mentioned in the epic.
During the hearing of the case, the lawyer prayed to the court to deliver justice to Sita. However, the court quashed his petition terming it “non-maintainable and useless”.
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