Himanta Biswa Sarma: Politics over Shiva Baba led to Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena losing their party symbol

Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that there is no need to politicise Shiva Baba because he is present throughout the nation in response to the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga dispute on the occasion of Shivratri.

Responding to questions posted by reporters, CM Sarma said, “They made a political issue of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga controversy, the very next day they faced trouble. I did not write the Shiv Puran. If I had written the Puran, then obviously talk about me. I suppose Shiv Sena lost their symbol because of this issue”.

“How can one do politics about God? Shiv Shankar resides everywhere”, added CM Sarma.

Asserting his claim that Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga in Guwahati is the real one, CM Sarma spoke to the media saying, “According to Shiv Puran, Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga was placed here in Kamrup, Assam. Its presence in Dakini Hills is mentioned in greater length in the Shiv Puran. There is nothing to court controversy on this. It is part of Bharat’s Sanatani dharma”.

A controversy broke out in Maharashtra when the Assam government claimed that the “Bhimashankar Temple,” which is regarded as the sixth Jyotirlinga among the twelve Jyotirlingas, is in Assam.

This advertisement was released on February 15 in several newspapers by the Assam government’s tourism department in honour of Mahashivratri.

The state of Assam’s government advertised that Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga in Pamohi, which is situated at the foothills of the Dakini Hills, is only 18 km by road from Guwahati’s Airport.

Through the advertising, the Chief Minister of Assam urged followers to attend the event planned in honour of Mahashivratri in big numbers.

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