Members of many Hindu organizations, including the Hindu Mahasabha, the Brahmin Mahasangh, the Nashik Purohit Sangh, and the Trimbakeshwar Purohit Sangh, arrived at the Trimbakeshwar temple on Wednesday morning. On the grounds of the temple, they carried out purification rites as Har Har Mahadev chants were playing.
The priests who performed the procedures cleaned the Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik, Maharashtra. Hindu organizations cleansed the temple, performed cleansing rites, and staged an aarti on May 17, 2023, a Wednesday. On May 13, 2023, local Muslims attempted to defile the temple by forcibly covering the Shivling with a chadar. It is important to note that the Trimbakeshwar Mandir, known as a Jyotirlinga Mandir, is a cherished Hindu pilgrimage site and is of utmost importance.
Following the conclusion of the temple cleansing ceremonies, the Maha Aarti was conducted. Police officers were on the scene in the background to stop any potential trouble.
“Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis have ordered strict action by registering an FIR on the alleged incident of a certain mob gathering at the main entrance of the Trimbakeshwar temple,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a tweet in Marathi.
“The SIT will not only conduct a probe into this incident, but will also investigate a similar incident which took place last year at the same temple. A group representing certain community had entered the temple,” Fadnavis said in the statement.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said that it is the responsibility of the administration to maintain law and order but people must also cooperate. “People from every community must come forward and maintain peace,” he said.
In a letter to the Nashik Commission of Police, the Trimbakeshwar Shrine Trust also demanded that the group be punished for attempting to enter the shrine.
The situation is under control, according to Nashik Inspector General BG Shekhar, and the area around the Trimbakeshwar temple is peaceful.
“There is peace in Trimbakeshwar and there’s no problem in the law and order situation. We will proceed investigation as per the rules and regulations & will take further action on that basis. Our police inspector in Trimbakeshwar will do the further investigation,” he told the press.