In 2018, when the then Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj paid a state visit to Azerbaijan, she also visited the country’s capital, Baku. His photo, which was published in the newspapers at the time, showed him worshiping at a Hindu temple.
Some slogans in Sanskrit were written on the stone at that place. The sloka, which begins with Sri Ganesaya Nama, also featured the Rigvedic song Om Agne Nama. This proved that Vikna Ganesha had a place in a Muslim country like Azerbaijan.
The news was confirmed by a Twitter message from the Foreign Ministry. ‘Agneya Nama! Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj prays at the ‘Temple of Fire’ in Attu. The temple was a place of worship for Hindus, Sikhs, and Parsis. Inscriptions were written in 1745-56 mention the worship of Ganesha and the sacred fire.
Inscriptions confirm that the temple dates back to 1745. This temple is also known as the Ateshka Temple. Ateshka is a medieval Hindu religious site located in Surakani, near the capital of Azerbaijan. The temple is built in the middle of a Pentagon-shaped compound. The original word Attesh belongs to the Persian language. From the inscriptions in the temple, it is mentioned that the worship of Ganesha and the worship of Agni have been done here since ancient times.
We often hear reports of Muslim temples and places being demolished in Muslim countries. But on the contrary, this Ganesha temple is very popular in Azerbaijan. The temple is a heritage monument protected by the Government of Azerbaijan.
The temple is also important to the Parsis and Sikhs. The Parsis give religious importance to Agni. That is why he has faith in the natural fire burning here. Although the fire in the temple is not burning naturally now, the local government has arranged for the fire to be extinguished in view of its recognition. The temple was converted into a museum in 1975 and now attracts 115,000 visitors annually.
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