Unwell Shah cancels cave temple visit

BJP president Amit Shah was supposed to begin his tour of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region with a visit to the famous Jharni Narasimha temple in Bidar on Sunday morning.

But he chose not to visit the temple as he was unwell. One has to wade through knee-deep water to reach the ancient cave shrine.

Local BJP leaders believe that Shahs visit to the cave, where the shrine is in the form of a naturally-evolved saligrama, could have helped turn the BJPs fortunes in Bidar district, where the party holds just one out of the total six Assembly seats. “Theres no other temple like this in the world. One has to wade through water for a distance of 600-70 metre to catch a glimpse of the shrine,” said Suryakanth Nagamarapalli, who had made arrangements at the temple. Suryakanth is the son of former minister, the late Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli.

Shah, however, chose to begin his tour by visiting the historic Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib, where he sought blessings, followed by a visit to the Buddha Vihar here. Later in the day, Shah visited the Sharana Basaveshwara temple in Kalaburagi.

BJP president Amit Shah was supposed to begin his tour of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region with a visit to the famous Jharni Narasimha temple in Bidar on Sunday morning.

But he chose not to visit the temple as he was unwell. One has to wade through knee-deep water to reach the ancient cave shrine.

Local BJP leaders believe that Shah’s visit to the cave, where the shrine is in the form of a naturally-evolved saligrama, could have helped turn the BJP’s fortunes in Bidar district, where the party holds just one out of the total six Assembly seats. “There’s no other temple like this in the world. One has to wade through water for a distance of 600-70 metre to catch a glimpse of the shrine,” said Suryakanth Nagamarapalli, who had made arrangements at the temple. Suryakanth is the son of former minister, the late Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli.

Shah, however, chose to begin his tour by visiting the historic Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib, where he sought blessings, followed by a visit to the Buddha Vihar here. Later in the day, Shah visited the Sharana Basaveshwara temple in Kalaburagi.

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