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Swadesh Mathur | HENB | Washington | Jan 31. 2019:: A Hindu temple has been vandalized in the U.S. state of Kentucky by Christian fundamentalists who sprayed black paint on the deity and left a knife stabbed into a chair in the main hall. The incident happened between Sunday night and Tuesday morning at the Swaminarayan Temple in the Louisville city. According to local media report, vandalism resulted in deity image sprayed with black paint, broken windows, walls painted with filthy language like, “foreign bitch’s whores fuck you…” after writing of fanatic dictum like, ‘Jesus is the only Lord”!
Vandals broke windows at Swaminarayan Temple, 4032 Bardstown Road, and wrote “repugnant messages of hate” on the walls, Mayor Greg Fischer said at a news conference Wednesday.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad called the vandalism a hate crime and said police would be at the temple Sunday to make sure the community is safe. There are no suspects yet, he said.
“The desecration of this temple is heartbreaking,” Conrad said. “I want the people of this temple to know that we will stand with them. We will do our best to keep them safe, and we will do what we need to do to make Louisville a safer city.”
US Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Nobody was at the temple when the vandalism happened, said Raj Patel, a spokesman for Swaminarayan Temple and Cultural Center, which has been on Bardstown Road for about five years. Between 60 to 100 people usually attend Sunday worship, Patel said.
“Our main concern is just making sure that we feel safe when we come back to this temple to pray,” Patel said. “We shouldn’t have to look behind our shoulders or our backs to feel that there is someone out here to get us.”
Hinduism and many religions “are the same when it comes down to it. The common foundation is to be good to others,” he added.
But, the Evangelists and some white people fanatics in America and Europe always try to conspire against Hindu people and temple, perhaps seeing the vast acceptance of Sanatan Dharma worldwide.
Kentucky State Representative Nima Kulkarni, the first Indian-American elected to the Kentucky General Assembly, said the vandalism was an “act of intimidation designed to weaken our faith and community”.
There has been a number of such incidents across the US in previous years.
In April 2015, a Hindu temple in north Texas has been vandalized with nasty images spray-painted on its walls.
In February 2015, Hindu temples in Kent and the Seattle Metropolitan area were also vandalized.
___inputs from Agencies.
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