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What fate awaits Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple?

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In my previous post on the Lakshadeepam trip to Trivandrum, I had mentioned that there “have been a few controversies surrounding the temple over the last few months”. I didn’t touch upon it since I thought most of the readers would know about what was going on. However, Apple had asked for the details of the controversy, and that sparked this post :).

Well, it is pretty simple, buddy. It all started with a local court delivering a landmark judgement — the Travancore Royal Family cannot lay claim on the temple; the State Government should take a decision on who should administer the temple. On the same day, came the allegation that the State Government is following a hidden agenda against the Hindu places of worship, especially considering the wealth inside the temple.

Then came the news that the State Government is not intending to take over the temple, but would take a decision in consultation with the royal family. The last controversy I heard of involved the Executive Officer — that he is a Christian.

I am sure the temple has seen far better days than this, and I would pray for the future of the temple, since these days humans decide the fate of Gods (sometimes rightly so, though I am not sure about this particular instance!).

If, God forbid, the temple is taken away from the purview of the royal family (who had taken care of this great temple for more than two and a half centuries with utter  dedication and devotion, and without reverting to crass commercialization seen in most other big temples), the next best thing to happen would be to have a separate Devaswam or Trust in the mode of Guruvayoor Devaswam.

This would be far better than leaving the administration of the temple to the State run Devaswam Board, especially since it is virtually assured that for five years out of ten, the Government will be run by Atheists. Frankly, I don’t have anything against either the Theists or the Atheists, but it is just not right if one group were to “administer” the activities of the other!

Just in case you are wondering what this fuss about the royal family is all about, read this article in The Hindu to get an insight about why this royal family is different and simple. Travancore is just plain lucky to have had such intelligent and talented rulers taking care of the state.

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Written by Proto

January 21, 2008 at 23:42 hrs

Posted in Random Ramblings, tvm

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  1. Buddy Thanks for the update, being cut-off from Kerala News I was not privy to the controversies surrounding the great temple. Its really a sad state of affairs.

    On a broader picture its just attack of Hinduism (the most soft religion). No body has any qualms for Wakf board running Taj Mahal, even though its a wonder. No govt is trying to run any Church or Mosque. But Hinduism is a favorite whipping boy for all.

    But we have ourselves to blame for this because our house is not in order. Even though Padmnabha Temple is great temple (that greatness is only in cleanliness of the temple), as for service to devotees and attitude of the moron staff to general public goes, a lot more needs to be desired. How can a venal Contractor (Rameshan) get exclusive darshan daily before all of us get in? How disgusting is their way of giving prasads, they are making a mockery in the name of Archana. True devotion and dedication and service I have seen only in Temples of Hyderabad/AP


    January 22, 2008 at 15:18 hrs

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