Saraswati Idol without Saree at Tripura College ignites huge row

Saraswati Idol without Saree at Tripura College ignites huge row

Agartala: Saraswati Puja celebrations at a government college in Tripura were marred by protests led by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and later joined by Bajrang Dal, after a video went viral on social media. Later, Saraswati’s idol was depicted, which was created by College students, without the traditional saree.
ABVP members, citing concerns about the perceived “obscenity” of the idol not wearing traditional Indian clothing, launched a protest that later attracted Bajrang Dal supporters. Dibakar Acharjee, general secretary of the ABVP unit in Tripura, led the protest, strongly objecting to what he considered a misleading depiction of Goddess Saraswati.
“As we all know today is Basant Panchami, and Goddess Saraswati is worshiped all over the country.

In the morning we all got news that the idol of Goddess Saraswati in Government Art and Craft College has been made very wrongly. . . . and in a no-nonsense way,” said Mr. Acharjee.
Protesters forced the institute in state capital Agartala to wrap the idol in a sari. ABVP, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated student organization, appealed to Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha to intervene and demanded strict action against the college authority.

College authorities explained that the idol adhered to traditional sculpture forms observed in Hindu temples and had no intention to offend religious sentiments. The idol was ultimately replaced by college authorities and veiled with plastic sheets, placed behind the puja pandal.

Police visited the scene, but no formal complaint was lodged by the college or the ABVP and Bajrang Dal.

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