New Delhi, Dec 27: If you are visiting Hyderabad’s famous Chilkur Temple on January 1, 2018, make sure you don’t wish anyone around ‘Happy New Year’ as you may punished for doing so inside the temple premises. The chief priest of the temple has banned people from wishing New Year describing it as against Hindu culture.

The chief priest of the temple Rangarajan said people violating the new norm will be punished and made to do sit-ups in the premises. “If anyone wants to greet, they should say ‘wish you happy English year’ only,” Rangarajan said. He added that for Telugu people, Ugadi is considered as new year.

“People should celebrate new year on Ugadi. The temple will also organise new year celebrations on first day of Telugu year only,” he said. (Also Read: Sunny Leone New Year Event in Bengaluru Cancelled, High Court Pulls up State Govt)

The temple’s diktat comes days after the Andhra Pradesh government recommended banning of upcoming New Year festivities on January 1 in all the temples across the state.

In a circular issued by the Andhra Pradesh Endowments Department through the Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust (HDPT), it suggested the Hindu temples not to celebrate New Year on January 1 and spend lavishly for the same.

“India got independence 70 years ago. But we have been following the English calendar that was made a habit during the British rule. Wishing on 1st January and celebrating it as a festival is not Indian Vedic Tradition,” Dr C Raghavacharyulu, Secretary of HDPT, said. (Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Has A Thunderous Light Show in Store For New Year’s Eve – Watch Video)

“It came to my notice from the Honorable Commissioner of Endowments that even Hindu temples are following the British tradition. They are wishing the devotees on 1st January and are spending lakhs of rupees on floral decorations. The Commissioner is of the opinion that it is not proper to spend money received as donation from devotees for western tradition. It should be spent only for Indian tradition,” Raghavacharyulu added.