New Delhi, Feb 12: A day after it was reported that a temple was dedicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PM expressed his displeasure over the same and said 'building such temples is not what our culture teaches us.'
Modi took to Twitter to voice his displeasure and tweeted-
Have seen the news about a Temple being built in my name. I was appalled. This is shocking & against India's great traditions.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2015
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2015
If you have time & resources, please devote the same towards fulfilling our dream of a Clean India.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 12, 2015
Modi said that the funds used to build the temple must be used to fulfill the dream of a 'Clean India'.
The temple located in Rajkot will be thrown open to public on Sunday. The temple has a bust of Modi and was built using the donations by his supporters.
PM Narendra Modi's temple built by BJP supporters in Rajkot (Gujarat) pic.twitter.com/XAsLsoHvLf— ANI (@ANI_news) February 12, 2015
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.
More than 350 members of the group joined hands to construct it by collecting small donations and now plan to conduct daily worship there, he said.