Ramesh Undhah, Modi-temple maker in Rajkot, has now decided to cancel inauguration of "Modi-temple", will now build "Bharat Mata" temple— ANI (@ANI_news) February 12, 2015
Earlier in the day, appalled by reports of a temple being built in his name, the Prime Minister asked people to instead put time and resources in fulfilling the dream of 'Clean India'.
PM Narendra Modi's temple built by BJP supporters in Rajkot (Gujarat) pic.twitter.com/XAsLsoHvLf— ANI (@ANI_news) February 12, 2015
"Have seen the news about a temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking & against India's great traditions.
"Building such temples is not what our culture teaches us. Personally, it made me very sad. Would urge those doing it not to do it," he said.
Have seen the newsabout a Temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking & against India's great traditions.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2015
His reaction came after it was reported that supporters of Modi in Rajkot in his home state Gujarat have built a temple for him. The temple, with a bust of Modi in the sanctum, stands on Kothariya road and is planned to be inaugurated on February 16. The temple was likely to be thrown open to public on Sunday.
"If you have time & resources, please devote the same towards fulfilling our dream of a Clean India," Modi tweeted.
It took about two years for Modi's supporters to build the temple. An artist from Odisha was called to construct Modi's idol.
"It is a first of its kind in Gujarat, temple of a living person," said Jayesh Patel, leader of Om Yuva Group.
(With inputs from PTI)