Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that Sanatan Dharma is the national religion of India and that every Indian citizen must respect it. He made this statement while speaking at an event at the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple in Bhinmal, Rajasthan. The Chief Minister was there to preside over the restoration and consecration of the idol program at the temple.
“Sanatan Dharma is India’s Rashtriya Dharma. Rising above selfishness, we all connect to Rashtriya Dharma. A campaign should be launched for restoration of our religious places that were desecrated in the past," the UP chief minister said.
Giving the example of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Yogi Adityanath said that the construction of a grand temple of Lord Ram is going on after 500 years with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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“All of you devotees contributed to the construction of this grand national temple of Lord Rama, representing national sentiment," he said.
Yogi Adityanath praised Rajasthan for being a focal point of coordination for religion, karma, devotion and power. He stated that if one wants to understand the real secrets of religion, they must come to Rajasthan. He also mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made everyone in the country pledge to respect their heritage and preserve it. He highlighted the restoration of Lord Neelkanth’s temple, which is 1400 years old, as an example of respect for and protection of heritage.