sydney [Australia], Jan 17 (ANI): The Shri Shiva Vishnu temple in Carrum Downs, Australia has been vandalized with anti-Hindu graffiti. According to “Australia Today”, this has shocked Australia’s Indo-Australian community.
A week ago, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park, Australia, was painted with anti-India and anti-Hindu graffiti.
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The act came to the fore after temple devotees came to participate in a “darshan” on Monday, January 16, during the three-day Thai Panggal festival being celebrated by Australia’s Tamil Hindu community.
Usha Senthilnathan, a devotee of Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, told Australia Today, “We are the Tamil minority in Australia and many of us came here as refugees fleeing religious persecution.”
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She urged Premier Dan Andrews and Victoria Police to take tough action against thugs trying to terrorize Victoria’s Hindu community.
On the evening of January 15, 2023, Khalistan supporters attempted to rally support for their referendum with a car rally in Melbourne. However, they failed miserably as fewer than 200 people gathered in Melbourne’s community of nearly 60,000 people, according to Australia Today.
Makrand Bhagwat, president of the Victorian branch of the Hindu Council of Australia, was quoted by Australia Today as saying: “I cannot tell you how sad I am to see a second Hindu temple vandalized due to Khalistan’s propaganda. .”
Sachin Mahate, a member of Melbourne’s Hindu community, said: “If these Khalistan supporters have the courage, they should go to the Victorian Parliament Building to paint graffiti instead of targeting the religious places of the peaceful Hindu community.”
According to “Australia Today”, recently, the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in the Mill Park area of Melbourne was allegedly damaged by anti-India elements, and anti-India slogans were written on the walls of the temple.
Patel, a bystander who did not want to be named, shared his experience of witnessing the destruction of the temple walls while visiting the site.
“When I arrived at the temple this morning, all the walls were covered in Khalistani hating Hindus graffiti,” Patel was quoted as saying by Australia Today.
He added: “I am outraged, scared and frustrated by the blatant display of religious hatred towards the peaceful Hindu community by Khalistan supporters.”
In a statement to Australia Today, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir said they were “deeply saddened and appalled by these acts of vandalism and hatred”. It said they remained committed to “peaceful coexistence and dialogue of all faiths”. BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir further stated that they have notified the authorities of the matter as reported by Australia Today.
Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sent his “warmest wishes” to Pamuk Swami Maharaj and the BAPS organization in a video message to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell shared Albanese’s video message. (Arnie)
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