Hindu Kalyan Mahasabha men give Shiva photos to passersby near park
Hindu Kalyan Mahasabha (HKM) activists gathered at the Subhash Park on Wednesday, offered prayers to Lord Shiva to mark Mahashivratri and chanted ‘Jai Bhole’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and finding no Valentine’s Day revellers, gave photos of Lord Shiva to passersby near the park.
Valentine’s Day remained a peaceful affair in the city of Taj Mahal as the police made their presence felt at locations where fringe groups were moving.
However, Manoj Agarwal, state president of HKM, claimed: “We were successful in stopping the ‘exhibition of vulgarity’ as none turned up to celebrate V-Day. We had our men at Subhash Park, Paliwal Park, Ram Bagh, Red Fort and Sikandra. We distributed portraits of Lord Shiva and urged citizens to pray to him in accordance with our tradition.
Cops were already deployed there as SP (city) Kunwar Anupam Singh had stated on the eve of V-Day that no one would be allowed to interfere in privacy of people intending to celebrate the occasion in a lawful manner.
Shivratri and V-Day were celebrated peacefully across Bareilly region. People thronged Ram Ganga river to take a holy dip before reaching temples to offer water to Lord Shiva. “The day went off peacefully. No untoward incident was reported,” said ADG, Bareilly, Prem Prakash.