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Ahead of Results, Congress and BJP Flock to MP's Baglamukhi Temple to 'Ward off Enemies'

As party leaders, both from the BJP and the Congress, throng the temple, priests are busy performing religious rituals for their clients through the day.

Vivek Trivedi | News18

Updated:December 5, 2018, 9:32 PM IST
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Ahead of Results, Congress and BJP Flock to MP's Baglamukhi Temple to 'Ward off Enemies'
The temple is situated in Nalkheda town in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district and is known for visits of high-profile politicians, especially those in the poll fray.
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Bhopal: As the declaration of election results nears, candidates in Madhya Pradesh are making a beeline for goddess Baglamukhi’s temple in the state, which is believed to be the place where Yudhishthir performed a ‘yagna’ and defeated the Kauravas in the epic battle of Mahabharata.

The temple is situated in Nalkheda town in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district and is known for visits of high-profile politicians, especially those in the poll fray.

As party leaders, both from the BJP and the Congress, throng the temple, priests are busy performing religious rituals for their clients through the day. “Special prayers, particularly chanting of 1.25 lakh to 10 lakh Baglamukhi mantra, are being performed by groups of priests for their political clientele,” said one of the priests at the temple.

Maa Baglamukhi is the goddess of ‘Raj Satta’ (political power) and this is the reason most politicians often go for ‘jaap’ (chant) of her mantra.

Leaders not just from MP, but even those from neighbouring states of Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, have arrived with their prayers for victory, said another priest.

While Chhattisgarh has already concluded its assembly elections, voting in Rajasthan will take place on December 7. The results for the three states will be announced on December 11.

“I prayed for the prosperity and wellbeing of my family and the state,” said Mahendra Singh Chauhan, a Congress candidate from Narela in Bhopal. BJP’s Usha Thakur, who is locked in a tough contest with the Congress’s Antar Singh Darbar in Mhow, said she had prayed for the state’s happiness and prosperity.

Locals associate various miracles with the temple and claim that the statue of Goddess Baglamukhi had appeared on its own, which is why the shrine is also referred to as the Swayambhu Peeth.

Prahlad Modi, brother of PM Narendra Modi, had performed rituals at this temple before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls while in 2016, Jagdish Rawat, brother of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, had performed special puja to “ward off enemies of his brother”.

Among other high-profile visitors of the temple are Dev Singh Patil, husband of former President Pratibha Patil, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Union minister Smriti Irani and senior politician Amar Singh.
| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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