In today's bizarre news, the Supreme court has approved new norms for devotees to worship the famous Mahakal Temple in Ujjain. The order directs that devotees only offer RO water for 'jal abhishek' of Lord Mahakal to prevent the sacred 'Shiva lingam' from shrinking.
Supreme Court approves new worship norms for Lord Mahakal Temple in MP's Ujjain. RO water to be used for 'jal abhishek'— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2017
According to Zee News, Ujjaini Vidwat Parishad, an independent body raised concerns over the gradual shrinking of the lingam due to excessive offering of 'panchamrit' (milk, curd, honey, sugar and ghee) and 'bhaang shingar' (offering of bhaang).
They, in turn had demanded to restrict the quantity of the mentioned offerings at the temple, which the court took into consideration.
Ujjaini Vidwat Parishad had said Shivling shrunk due to excessive “bhaang shingar” and panchamrit,so SC approved norms made by authorities— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2017
After constituting a committee of experts from Archaeological Survey of India and Geological Survey of India, who visited the temple, it was recommended that certain offerings be restricted to preserve the lingam.
And of course, Twitter had a lot to say!
While 'obviously' a few were offended
Will SC and govt leave Hindus to worship the way they want. Why interfere only in Hindu customs and practices? Is this SECULARISM?— KSV SUBRAMANIAN (@KSVSUBRAMANIAN) October 27, 2017
Shiva`s lawyer is going to file a PIL in SC that let people pray me the way they wish, why you become an obstacle to that?— Rajiv Shastri (@rajiv_shastri) October 27, 2017
😂😂😂😂 SC is reforming hindu religion bcoz they have already reformed other peaceful religions. Ty for your judgements. we are so lucky.— Dipsy 🇮🇳 (@AlwysDPK) October 27, 2017
..A few welcomed the decision
देखिए, प्रदूषण का प्रकोप, सुप्रीम कोर्ट को दख़ल देना पड़ रहा है,क्या हमारी जिम्मेदारी नहीं है पर्यावरण संरक्षण की,जागो लोगों जागो देर न करो— Shahid Jalal (@ShahidJalal11) October 27, 2017
It's a judicial statement so appreciate but how court could make statement on practices of religion coz earlier they teach leson of articl25— Vipin Katewa (@KatewaVipin) October 27, 2017
This is really good SC order of conserving precious water for drinking!!!! This must be followed in all temples also!!!!— K. Sridhar (@sridhar160954) October 27, 2017
Others had some 'legit' (ahem) concerns
RO water from which water purifier or which brand? How much? How many times a day?— Annasaheb Kalange (@annask12) October 27, 2017
Ab wo bhi batado ke Kent RO ya Aquaguard ka water chadhaye ?— Spank'IT (@pank_it) October 27, 2017
इतने खाली हैं महामहीम ????— (पवन पाण्डेय) 🇮🇳 (@pawanji27) October 27, 2017
कोर्ट को भी अब ऐसे ही के केस में मजा आने लगा है— अब्दुल (@abdulkibakchodi) October 27, 2017
Did they also specify TDS content and pH limits?— Hemant (@hemant_p) October 27, 2017
What punishment if I use 600ml?— Gupta (@gupta521) October 27, 2017
(Feature image source- Twitter)