Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Messy, violent and filthy rich: Religious sects in Gujarat

An Indian Express article on violence within different religious sects (Swadhyay, Swaminarayan etc.) in Gujarat. The focus - property worth hundreds of crores of rupees.

Some things in the article seem exaggerated: for example, it says "Bhav Nirzar temple premises in Ahmedabad ... is worth over Rs 500 crore now..." That I don't buy। I'd say the place is valued at Rs 15-20 crores at most. That too if someone can move the temple. But how would you move such a nice temple?

Btw, Bhav Nirzar is mostly locked down (except for maybe once a week, I was told) and hasn't been used for the last few years. What a sad state for one of the nicest places in Ahmedabad.

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