Temples in Bengaluru, Hubballi, Belagavi, Mysuru, Chikkamagaluru, Yadgir, Mandya and Kolar played bhajans around 5 a.m. to counter the morning Azaan recited over loudspeakers in mosques
In the temples of Karnataka, Hanuman Chalisa, Omkara played to counter the morning Azaan in the mosques broadcast on loudspeakers – FILE/PTI
Bengaluru: Hanuman Chalisa, Suprabhata, Omkara and devotional songs were played at temples in different parts of Karnataka on Monday morning as part of a campaign by Hindu groups including Sri Rama Sene alleging that part of the government of the State has not taken action against loudspeakers installed in mosques. .
Recorded versions or bhajans recited by those present in the temples were played around 5 a.m. to counter the morning Azaan recited over loudspeakers in the mosques.
Such incidents have been reported at temples in various places including Bengaluru, Hubballi, Belagavi, Mysuru, Chikkamagaluru, Yadgir, Mandya and Kolar among others.
In some places, including Bengaluru, some Hindu activists have been arrested by the police.
Sri Rama Sene leader Pramod Muthalik, who participated in morning prayers at Anjaneya temple in Mysuru, said their campaign was against the government and the inflexible Muslim community.
“For the past year, we have been constantly alerting about the problems caused by loudspeakers, disruptions in society, students and patients. We had also informed Muslims about it, but nothing has changed, no action was taken except to post notices. It was a tragedy.. Even today, mosques don’t stop playing loudspeakers at 5 a.m.,” he said .
The sound of Azaan during the other four times of the day is not reduced in accordance with the authorized limits, he said, “our fight only started today. If still no measure is taken we will file for contempt of the High Court as this violates Supreme Court orders… This is not the Taliban regime, Pakistan or Afghanistan This is India, there has a constitution and a rule of law here.
Sri Rama Sene previously warned that he would thwart morning Azaan with Hanuman Chalisa or Suprabhat or Omkara and devotional chanting from 5am on May 9, if the government does not take action against the loudspeakers installed in mosques.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Araga Jnanendra said strict measures will be taken as per court orders to control all activities that cause noise pollution.
“Everyone should comply with court orders,” he said in a statement, adding that the government would not hesitate to take tough action against those who take the law into their own hands.