India’s largest Hindu religious site, Bishan, has been taken offline and its contents have been scrubbed from the official Hindu calendar.
In a statement released today, the Centre for Social Research said that, since it started publishing a month-by-month report on Hinduism on June 10, 2016, BISHAN has been removed from the calendar and its content removed from official Hindi sources.
“This is a major blow to the faith and a direct attack on the faith, which is enshrined in the constitution and which is based on the Vedas,” said Prakash Singh, director of the centre.
Bishan is one of the largest Hindu sites in India, with over 10 million followers, according to its website.
The site was founded in 1670 by a Bani Bishnu, the ruler of the Vijayanagar kingdom.
The Hindu calendar has been the subject of controversy for many years, with some Hindu groups accusing the Indian government of trying to convert it to Christianity, Islam or Judaism.
In 2014, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the calendar must be preserved as a public domain and its articles could not be deleted.
Bishana has had a number of controversies over the years, including its history of publishing articles that were controversial and hurt the sentiments of Hindu groups.
In 2013, the organisation had been fined $1.1 million for publishing an article claiming that the British had tried to convert the country to Islam.
The Indian government has since banned Bishana, saying it violates its constitutional values.