Jaipur: Of all things, the caste of Lord Hanuman became a talking point in the poll-bound Rajasthan on Tuesday. It began with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath describing the deity as a Dalit at a public meeting at Malakheda in Alwar district.
The religious know-alls took no time in reacting sharply to Yogi’s comment. Swami Avdeshacharya, of Gahana Peeth said that it was grossly improper to divide gods on the basis of caste. “Hanumanji had no varna or caste”, he said.
However, Mahant Manohardas Maharaj of Chintaharan Kale Hanumanji Temple declared that Hanuman belonged to Vanar jati (monkey clan). “Yogi’s statement is driven by political motives,” he said.
He was a Brahmin
Yet another Mahant, Radheshyam Tiwadi said that Hanuman was a Brahmin and the status of a Kshatriya was conferred on him. “Bajrangbali was Kesri Nandan – the king of kings,” he said.
UP Congress chief Raj Babbar, who was also campaigning in the state, said that the BJP routinely insults Hanuman by describing him as a tribal, monkey and Dalit. “If he will swing his ‘gada’, the BJP people would run for their lives,” Babbar said.
Suresh Mishra, president of Sarva Brahmin Samaj has served a legal notice on Adityanath, asking him to apologise within three days of face legal action.
(Story: Lata Khandelwal)