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Purifying rituals at UP CM bungalow, new home for Yogi Adityanath

Lucknow, Mar 20 (PTI): Hindu seers and priests today made elaborate arrangements for sacred purifying rituals at the sprawling chief minister's bungalow here which will be the new home for hardline Hindutva mascot Yogi Adityanath.

The five-time MP from Gorakhpur, who was sworn in as the 21st chief minister of Uttar Pradesh yesterday, stayed at the VVIP Guest House overnight and has decided not to enter the bungalow without conducting prayers and purification rituals like 'Yagna'.

Even before dawn broke, seven priests from Gorakhpur and Allahabad trooped into the chief minister's official residence for conducting prayers. Adityanath, 44 , was not present during the prayers.

The controversial mascot of hardline Hindutva is expected to enter the bungalow only at an auspicious time which is being finalised.

'Aditya Nath Yogi, Chief Minister' says the new nameplate in Hindi outside the 5, Kalidas road bungalow, which was occupied by Akhilesh Yadav for five years before his Samajwadi Party was trounced by the "saffron tsunami" in the state Assembly elections. Akhilesh's father Mulayam Singh Yadav, now SP patron, and BSP supremo Mayawati were among the earlier occupants.

At the main gate, a priest put up the 'swastika' sign above the chief minister's name plate by dipping marigold flower in sandal and haldi paste. The 'swastika' symbol is considered lucky and auspicious and has special significance in "grih pravesh" (house warming) as per the Hindu traditions.

The priest then wrote "Om" and "Shub Laabh" on the imposing gates of the bungalow.
"This is a usual ritual worship of Lakshmi-Ganesh before 'grih pravesh'," said one of the priests.

The gates freshly painted in white were decorated with marigold garlands, while the lush green lawns inside the compound embroidered by beds of season flowers in their full bloom, were being given final touches for the new occupant.

Inside the bungalow, the priests made elaborate preparations for "yagna" and "havan", rituals done in front of sacred fire amid chanting of vedic mantras to purify the place and ward off evil spirits, for the "mahant" of Gorakhnath Mutt.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Tue, Mar 21 2017

    If it was said that the place was going to be cleaned, it would have been reassuring. Word purifying suggests that the previous occupant was not a fellow human being but some demon whose influence on the house has to be cleansed. looks like the new occupant is entering the house with the sword drawn. I wish well to the people of UP.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017


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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    When debut BJP in Karnataka under former CM Yeddyurappa came to power they even performed remedial or tantric rituals. hey take place at the very epicenter of power and democracy in Bangalore-in the Vidhana soudha.

    Even now UP politician is not averse to ritual assistance to guide their political fortunes.
    From Voodoo To Vaastu... became part of the PM Modi's Digital India. Now the Make in India is now taken over by Yogis India is entering into new era.

    When the minds and hearts are corrupt and there is no preference for inclusive politics any purification just mere waste of time and resources.

    Jai Hind

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    His mind needs to be purified of the word RAPE ...

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    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    loose tongue..

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  • ravi, mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    First, he need to clean his Tongue & Himself

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Mon, Mar 20 2017


    When Akilesh and Mulayam lived there for 10 years...there will be lots to clean in that house....I believe there will be lots of Corruption and Communal 'Spirits' haunting there....they need to be driven out before Yogi enters there...

    I am sure they will clean whole house with 'Ganga Jal'....


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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    Along with homa havanaas, please use loads of dettol too. You do not know what kind of filth is accumulated there!!

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