A blogger from Noida took his pet dog Nawab to Kedarnath Temple and had a tilak put on him, an action which resulted in an FIR being filed against the blogger. According to Times of India, the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) has filed a complaint against the blogger, Rohan Tyagi (also reported as Vikash Tyagi in some cases). The committee claimed that the blogger’s actions hurt religious feelings. The dog, Nawab Tyagi, who has his own Instagram page, has been visiting temples for about four years. Rohan defended his decision to take Nawab to Kedarnath shrine. Dogs are an embodiment of God, he said.
“Hi everyone, I am Nawab (dog) and I am 4.5 years old now. I can proudly say that even though I have traveled in 4 years, a 70 year old could not travel. And all this happened because my parents take me everywhere,” reads the caption of the video of Nawab touching the Nandi idol in the outer temple compound.
Many social media users showed their support for Rohan and Nawab, commenting with “#wesupportnawabtyagi”.
Support poured in for the family.
@AjendraAjay A dog is constrained as a bhairava, which was the 5th face of lord shiva. And kedarnath is also a temple associated with lord shiva, people criticize the 5th face of the god to receive blessing from the lord.
— shantanu chaturvedi (@shantanuchatu11) May 20, 2022
Why should anyone have an objection…isn’t the dog God’s creation? ? All animals are part of Hindu mythology. It was Lord Shiva’s will that the dog was there. it was this dog’s chance to visit kedarnath. The so-called legislators. #KedarnathTemple https://t.co/QH6Njpsp8m
— Parmita Chowdhury (@Parmi0727) May 19, 2022
According to the Mahabharata, Yama traveled with Pandavas (in dog form) in the Himalayas until the end.
The temple administration now wants to file a dog complaint affecting Nandi.
We have learned nothing from the Mahabharata. Just a materialistic mindset. pic.twitter.com/VrBJkYcupy
— Atmakuri Harsha Ⓥ (@harsha345155) May 20, 2022
— RAJEV PAUL (@Rajev_Paul) May 20, 2022
According to the ANI news agency, a police investigation into this matter is currently underway.
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