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Historic Bhagyalakshmi Temple at Charminar , Hyderabad Under Siege by MIM Leadership

Temple decoration in 2011

The Sri Bhagyalakshmi Temple is an ancient temple, located adjacent to the Charminar. The city of Bhagyanagar, viz today’s Hyderabad was named after Devi ( Goddess)  Bhagyalakshmi. This fact has also been established by famous social historians like Sri Suravaram Pratapa Reddy and Sri Biruduraju Rama Raju.

In the past, attempts have been made to destory this temple under the leadership of the MIM ( Majlis party). The MIM leadership of Hyderabad is a continuation of the Razakars and they have nurtured the ambition to eliminate Hindu traces from the old city of Hyderabad.

There is a planned propaganda by some of them, stating that the temple is a new construction and was constructed in 1979. This is just to confuse the people. What happened in 1979 is as follows..

Attacks on temple in 1979 : In 1979, there was a siege on the Kaaba ( Mecca) by one Muslim group which wanted to take control of the Kaaba. In protest of the attack on Kaaba, the MIM called for a bandh of Hyderabad on Nov 23 1979.

As is always the case, any disturbance of Muslim symbols worldwide leads to attacks on Hindus and other non-Muslims in Bharat. In this case also, even though the Hindus were nowhere connected with the takeover of the Kaaba, there were attacks on Hindus and the Hindu temples. The temple adjacent to Charminar, Sri Bhagyalakshmi Mandir was attacked and desecrated. The Muslim fanatics also set fire to Hindu shops. As usual no action was taken on the rioters. The inaction of the government to take the rioters to task, emboldened them. Report

However, due to pressure from the Hindus, the then Chief minister,Sri Marri Channa Reddy, agreed to renovate the desecrated temple and the same was done. Subsequently, the puja in the temple was re-started.

Therefore, to say that the temple is a new one and was constructed in 1979 is completly false.

Special Decoration during Festivals: It has been a practise in the temple to have special decorations during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dushera and Deepavali. During the fortnight preceding Deepavali, lamps ( diyas) are lit and women in large numbers come to the temple. This has been the practise since many years.

This year also, preparations were being made. The temple had some repairs and the temple committee had taken up the renovation work. There was no expansion of the temple. Yet, the MIM party leadership who do not miss any opportunity to create communal disturbances for the sake of their vote bank, complained stating that the temple was being expanded. They also claimed that Charminar was being destroyed and holes were being drilled etc..They started spreading false canards and photographs to suit their agenda. They then went about gheraoing (encircling ) the temple creating tension in the area. Thousands of Muslims came in and therefore the Hindus also gathered in large numbers to face any potential onslaught.

It is clear that the photographs being circulated by MIM are false since the ASI officials themselves indicated that there is no damage to the Charminar ( ref : The Hindu Nov 7th 2012). The hole being shown is at best the ventilation on the walls of Charminar. ( photo attached)

On 4th November night at 1 am, over 3000 Muslims gathered as the police remained mute spectators. They pelted stones at public and private properties. In the rioting, three police vehicles were damaged, an ATM and a super market were completly damaged. ( Refer TOI report on Nov 6th, 2012). The irony is that in addition to attacking the police, Mr.Asadudin Owasi, who is the MP from Hyderabad lodged a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission (lead by Mr.Nissar Ahmed Kakru) , stating that the police was harrassing Muslims ( Ref: New Indian Express Nov 6th ) !! …

The fact is the reverse. It is the Hindus who are being arrested by the police for demanding that the temple be allowed to be renovated.  Photograph of police manhandling the protestors, esp the women can be seen.

It must be noted that MIM wields high power in the city of Hyderabad wherein they have 1 MP, 7 MLA’s and 43 corporators. In addition the mayor is from MIM party. Yet, it plays the victim card. The media reports, “Voicing concern over increasing incidents of communal violence and inaction of the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Monday warned that it would not hesitate to go against the government “.

What does the MIM mean by going against the government ? They are the government in Hyderabad !

Temple currently without any shelter

High Court directive :  On 5th Nov, the High Court gave directives to the State government to maintain status quo in the temple as of 30th October 2012. This basically means we must have the shelter that was earlier ( it was removed for renovation). Yet, the same is not being allowed. The temple currently is without any shelter for the bhakts.

The government of Andhra Pradesh is under siege by the MIM. The police doesn’t act against the rioters.They care two hoots for the court. The ruling party MP supports the rioters against the police. In such a situation, what options do the Hindus have ?

It is the duty of the Hindus to protest this injustice and urge the state government not to succumb to the power of goondas.

The Hindus must participate in large numbers in the protests being organised by the Sri Bhagyalakshmi Devalaya Parirakshana Samiti. We need to spread the truth far and wide esp to our friends and family members.

“Hindu Bhaav to Jab Jab Bhule Aayi Vipatti Mahaan, Desh Toota, Bhai Khoye, Mite Dharm Sansthan ” ( Whenever we have forgotten our Hinduness, we have invited great calamities. We have lost territory ( like Pakistan & Bangladesh), lost our brethren and our great institutions have been destroyed.

Let us think, suggest and ACT on how to arrest this cancer of fanaticism which is destroying the social fabric of Bhagyanagar.


a. http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/article1329083.ece

b. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_mim-warns-government-over-communal-violence_1760448

c. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-07/hyderabad/34971669_1_communal-tension-temple-structure-temple-trustees

d. Book – Indian Democracy Derailed by Srikanta Ghosh

News Update as on Nov 12th:

On Nov 11th 2012, The temple authorities were decorating the temple with flowers. Alleging that the temple was being expanded with state support, the MIM corporators tried to storm to the temple. They were arrested while doing so and subsequently released in the evening.

On 12th Nov, Sunday :

Mr.Asadudin Owaisi of MIM announced that they are withdrawing support to the Congress party due to its anti-“secular” policies. Case of pot calling the kettle black !

Swami Paripoornanda was arrested while attempting to go to the Sri Bhagyalakshmi temple to offer prayers. The temple is still out of bounds. Section 144 imposed in the area.

Update on November 15th:

Thousands of bhakts thronged to the temple on Deepavali day braving the restrictions.  Vehicles had to be parked close to a kilometre away and they reached the temple by walk crossing various police check posts.

Letter to Editor in The new Indian Express by Retd IFS Officer, Sri Sarvotham Rao – Published on 16th November 2012

“I remember visiting the Bhagyalaxmi temple at the Charminar as a child along with my parents during Deepavali. At that point of time, the temple appeared ancient. I am now 85. I can therefore confirm that the temple has been there for a long time. ”  End of letter

Update of Nov 16th

Thousands of Muslims congregated to offer Namaz at Mecca Masjid near Charminar. Subsequently about 2000 of them attacked the police. The police retaliated with lathi charge and tear gas. The MIM leadership is successfully gaining mileage from a non-issue. They will now claim that the Muslims were attacked by the state for no fault of theirs. Mr.Asaduddin and his brother Akbaruddin are both instigating gullible Muslim youth. The Muslim youth have to realise this.

Update 21st Nov 2012:

The Hindu (?) Newspaper published a news article stating that the temple did not exist 60 years back and published a so-called photograph ( which looks more like a painting). It is a pity that the newspaper is indulging in creating another issue now. The issue of whether a temple existed s Or not is not what was being debated. The core issue was that the temple was being expanded and was destroying Charminar. This was clearly negated by the Archaelogical survey of India.

Nov 22nd – Congress Gen Secretary, Sri G.Niranjan questioned the authenticity of the old photo as published by “The Hindu” and restated that the “Maata shilakaram” was an old one, which was damaged in 1979 and therefore a temple was constructed to protect it.


Nov 26th :

Article on niticentral.com –

Bhagyalakshmi at Charminar is a legal temple


Hindu Temple Desecrated- Violence in Saidabad, Hyderabad

 A day after the Hanuman Jayanti, it seems that the Muslim leadership of Old City, Hyderabad  is back to its old trick of polarising the society… and as usual the miscreants are running free.

In the early hours of Sunday, 8th April 2012, the bhakts ( devotees) ofthe Hanuman temple at Kurmaguda, (in Saidabad ) were in for a shock. They found that the green colour had been splashed on the walls of the temple.  When they opened the doors of the temple, they found that large pieces of beef ( Cow meat) were thrown inside the temple from the grills. 

The naturally agitated Hindu youth protested against this sacrilegious act. The Muslims who are a majority in that area launched an offensive on the Hindus and both sides engaged in a duel of stone fight. Sensing trouble, the police indulged in lathi charge and also fired tear gas hurting many of the protesters. At the same time, the Muslims grouped themselves into a larger group and more or less occupied the main road of Saidabad armed with stones and swords.

One of the expectations from administration is security and punishment of the wrong doers. The ruling Majlis party whose Mayor himself is a criminal ( an accussed in 7 criminal cases )cannot guarantee the security of the Hindu temples. It seems that the administration is responsible only for the protection of non-Hindu sites . The Hindu society has to be vigilant and protect itself. .Meanwhile the tension on the spot continues ….

Update on the issue : The political establishment framed false charges against the Hindus stating that it is the Hindus who committed this sacrilege. False cases were foisted on Hindus esp those were protesting. 

Update on 3rd May 2012 : Police resorts to 3rd Degree torture to foist false cases on Hindus in connection with the case. Shame on the government’s cheap and appeasement tactics.


Magistrate calls for explanation from SIT in temple desecration case

Nagaraju's arms seen badly injured in Hyderabad on Wednesday.— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Nagaraju’s arms seen badly injured in Hyderabad on Wednesday.— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

The Madannapet temple desecration case took a twist on Wednesday when one of the four arrested persons, N. Nagaraju, complained to the court that the police tortured him forcing him to confess to the offence.

The magistrate sought explanation from the Special Investigation Team Inspector, Murali Krishna, following the allegation while directing the Chanchalguda prison superintendent to extend medical treatment to Nagaraju at the OGH.

The 14{+t}{+h}Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, R. Radha Devi, said Nagaraju can also be taken to any private hospital for treatment.

Nagaraju, 29, GHMC sanitation contract supervisor from Kurmaguda, was arrested along with three other Hindus of the same locality, five days ago on charge of creating communal disturbances by planting cow’s legs in a temple and sprinkling paint on the temple wall in the first week of April. The quartet was accused of desecrating the temple at the behest of Niranjan Yadav and Srinivas, of the same area.

Nagaraju and his associates, Kiran Kumar, Ramesh and Dayanand Singh, were later remanded in judicial custody. The case took a curious turn when the Madannapet police brought Nagaraju from the prison to the court seeking his custody in connection with some communal cases registered in 2010 following outbreak of violence after Hanuman Jayanti rally.

Nagaraju’s lawyer, K.K. Sagar, had already filed a petition stating that the police had picked up his client from the residence on April 23. He was taken to the Hyderabad Police Commissioner’s Task Force office in Secunderabad where he was tortured for five days, the affidavit said.

They collected a false confession from Nagaraju using third degree methods, the lawyer said. “They tortured and threatened me to own up the offence. I am in no way connected to the case,” Nagaraju, who could not raise his arms and had difficulty in walking, told the magistrate. He maintained that he didn’t dare to reveal police torture when he was produced before the magistrate five days ago as the police warned him of foisting more cases against him. The magistrate directed the Chanchalguda prison superintendent to submit the medical certificate of Nagaraju and furnish a report on his treatment on Friday.

Saidabad becoming a haven for Islamic extremists

Saidabad in Hyderabad has been in the news continuously for the

last decade with a number of ISI agents, SIMI & TTSI activists & a

few other terrorists being arrested.

2003 – 

Four suspected ISI activist arrested. Zameeluddin Ahmed

of Santoshnagar, Abdul Samad of Mallepally, Manzoor Siddiqui

a resident of SBH Colony in Saidabad and Maulana Mufti Akbar of Karimnagar.


2004 –

DJS activists attack policemen.

http://www.djsindia.org/djsnews.htm#Activists of the DJS attacked policemen as they reached Sayeedabad

This organization was later banned for planting bombs in the churches 

2008 – It was also notorious for the incident when a number of burkha clad women

stormed into a police station ransacking it.


July 2008

Source – SATP – Terrorist Outfits – SIMI

Police arrested Mohammed Muqeemuddin Yaser, a former SIMI member,

from his residence in the Saidabad area of Hyderabad. Yaser, who is a

MBA student, is also the eldest son of Maulana Naseeruddin,the

founder president of Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz-e-Shaan-e-Islam (TTSI).

Yaser’s younger brother Raziuddin Naser, a suspect

in the twin blast cases in Hyderabad in August 2007, was arrested

by the Karnataka Police in January 2008 for planning terrorist

attacks in Karnataka and Goa.

SIT sources said “Yaser was an active member of SIMI.

Now, he along with some other former SIMI activists of the city

has formed a group which downloads jihadi material and religious

killing videos from the internet and distributes disks to extremist

religious groups in the country.”



2011 –

Attacks on Ganesh processions

 2012 –

Also, minority groups within the Muslim society like the Ahmediyas are

also unsafe due to the bullying of the dominant Summi groups here.

Saidabad is also been in the news for the dominant Muslim Sunni groups

attacking the Ahmediya mosques.


Few other reports  on the issue : 9th April 2012



Update : Jan 25th, 2023 :

After a long battle of 10+ years, the court acquitted the 26 Hindu youths. Lawyer Karunasagar ‘s tweet is below.


We are happy that the Hindu families who faced harassments for the last ten years can now breathe easy.

The big question now remains as to who committed this drastic act ?

and Why were the real culprits protected by the establishment ?