The famous Somnath temple in Gujarat has set a restriction for non-Hindus. The temple authority says that non-Hindus should take special permission from the office of General Manager of Shree Somnath Trust before entering into the Temple for darshan.
“The Somnath Jyotirling Tirthdham is pilgrimage for Hindus. In this holy place of Hindus, non-Hindus will only be allowed for Darshan in Somnath temple who have taken permission from General Manager’s office,” reads a notice which was put up at the temple’s campus and on the entrance.
Officials said that the step has been taken for security concerns. They have also given examples of some temples from South India which have applied similar rules.
“The decision was taken by the Somnath Trust’s secretary (P K Lahiri) two to three days ago and we put a notice accordingly,” Vijaysinh Chavda, Deputy Manager of Somnath trust said. “Hindus from all over the world come to worship the Lord Somnath. Keeping that in mind, if non-Hindus wish to pay their respects, they can do so after obtaining permission.”