The goddess here is believed to be the goddess of political power’.
As the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and elections to the state Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan approach, politicians are making a beeline for the Devi Bagalamukhi (Pitambara Peeth) temple in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district to seek divine help and ward off trouble. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal, along with her sister visited the Bagalamukhi temple in Datia last month to conduct a special puja for her husband and the Aam Aadmi party (AAP).
Sources from the temple told The Sunday Guardian that Sunita Kejriwal and her sister visited the temple last month at around 12:30 pm and conducted a special puja at around 2 pm for better political prospects of AAP in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, where the AAP is expecting to get at least three seats from Delhi. Remember, while AAP is in power in Delhi, the party has no MPs from the national capital and all the seven MPs from Delhi are from BJP. Sources from the temple also indicated that the Puja was also conducted to help Arvind Kejriwal ward off legal troubles as Bagalamukhi Devi is revered for showering blessings on her devotees who are facing problems with legal issues.
The AAP is currently facing legal challenges with respect to the alleged liquor scam in Delhi and AAP’s senior leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is in jail for his alleged involvement in the liquor scam.
Not only this, even former Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta also visited the temple earlier this month to seek the blessing of the goddess and conducted a puja at the temple. Even Union Cabinet Minister and MP from Madhya Pradesh Narendra Singh Tomar, along with some of the BJP MLAs, visited the temple in Datia sometime in the beginning of June to conduct a “havan” and special puja at the temple in Datia.
Even former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who also happens to be the president of the temple’s Trust, has been frequenting the temple quite often. It is also said that Raje will be conducting a special “Jaap” (a long prayer reciting the same verse thousands of time) and “havan” for her political fortunes in the coming days, before the elections to Rajasthan are declared sometime in the next few months.
Several MLAs from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have already started thronging the temple on a regular basis to conduct pujas and pray to the goddess for political “well-being”. Not only this, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is a regular visitor to the temple.
Even former Presidents of India like Pranab Mukherjee and Ram Nath Kovind have visited the temple multiple times to seek blessings from the Goddess. An official from the temple told The Sunday Guardian, “The goddess here is believed to be the goddess of political power. Whenever there is an election, the arrival of politicians also increases. Now, elections to Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are round the corner; so leaders have already started coming in. We have also been getting many requests for conducting special puja from several big leaders.”
A temple priest told this correspondent that Devi Bagalamukhi is the reason why so many leaders are today sitting at the highest seats of political power in different states.