A Noida-based couple, Rohan and Himshi Tyagi, with their husky, Nawab, went to seek blessings at the Kedarnath temple on May 7. But little did they know that their visit would land them in hot waters with the authorities.
A video posted by them went viral on social media where the dog, Nawab, can be seen bowing down and touching the 'Nandi' statue and seeking blessings from the priests. This soon caused a stir on the internet, and the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee condemned the act as hurting religious feelings and instructed police to take legal action against such 'unwanted' activities.
According to various media reports, the police has lodged an FIR against unknown persons and the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, the couple has sought legal help and hired a lawyer in case things go south. For now, the couple hasn't come under any legal trouble, but they want to be prepared.
Rohan and Himshi have visited various temples in the past four years and have never faced any trouble. In fact they said that, Nawab received nothing but love and affection in Kedarnath as well. It was only when their posts went viral, the controversy brewed and left them shocked and scared. They started receiving online threats as well.
The couple runs a popular social media page that features videos and pictures of Nawab and they have over 100,000 followers.
(The article was first published on 31 May, 2022 and has been updated on 6th June, 2022)