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Somnath temple visits by political leaders: Need for revisiting the notion of religion
The political opponents of Rahul Gandhi have been terming his temple trips as hypocrisy. The controversy raged when Gandhi's name appeared in the visitors register in Somnath temple meant for non-Hindus.

"If he isn't a Hindu by faith, let alone a practicing one, then why has he been fooling people with these temple visits?" Tweeted Amit Malviya of BJP's IT Cell. Meanwhile, the Congress has stressed that Rahul is a Hindu with Brahmin roots.

However, many non-partisan individuals and intellectuals have stressed the need to revisit the notion of religion instead of causing controversies in the name of religious affiliations.

Though there is no universally accepted definition of religion, however, often religion is seen as an identification with a the set of beliefs, feelings, rituals and worship practices for exhibiting awareness of a relationship between human being and something which is sacred or divine in a bid to seek answers to one's existential truth.

Thus, someone's religion is his or her conditioned response or belief-thinking passed on from believers to their family members through reading of formally documented doctrine and worship practices and cultural system of designated behaviours and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, ethics, or organizations, that relate humanity to the supernatural or transcendental. Traditionally, mere faith and belief thinking in addition to ethical reasoning have been considered a source of religious beliefs.

Once people start to think about religion seriously and they tend to study a variety of religions and they tend to ask questions about the very nature or notion of the religion itself and many get attracted towards atheism and agnosticism.

Many spiritualists and existential truth seekers like Jiddu Krishnamurti have been raising the question: Is there any truth in organized religion? He holds that organized religion prevents you from understanding that which is and it becomes a hindrance to action.

Krishnamutri looks all religions generative of illusion that provide false solace, fundamentally, an escape.

"So you are constantly seeking escape, and these attempts at escape you dignify with various spiritual names, with grand-sounding words; these escapes satisfy you temporarily, that is, until the next storm of suffering comes and blows away your shelter," he had said in one of his talks.

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