Stalin, during his ‘Namakku Name’ tour, went to some temples and spoke to some priests, in the hope of covering Hindu votes
The other day Stalin, the DMK seyal thalaivar, visited Srirangam to attend a private function. No issues, we are not concerned with that. What we are concerned about is the treatment given to him by the temple priests. He was accorded full-scale reception by them. I have objections, being a Hindu and a God-fearing man, for the following reasons:
- Stalin heads a party, which is avowedly an anti-Hindu, anti-Brahmin party, and doesn’t believe in God. In fact, the party had earlier shown contempt for God publicly.
- He was not even visiting the temple. He didn’t enter the temple, because of his anti-god stance.
- So, the temple priests, with all paraphernalia went to the venue of his visit, accord him poorna kumbham, ponnadai, malai etc, and pose for a photograph.
This is a disgrace not only to all god loving Hindus, who value these things but also to God Himself. What value does prasadam have if it is going to be distributed like this?
There could be more to the episode than meets the eye. Stalin’s wife shows up at temples once in a while. Even Stalin, during his ‘Namakku Name’ tour, went to some temples and spoke to some priests, in the hope of covering Hindu votes. Viewed in this backdrop, it’s possible that the priests were requested to perform some special puja and deliver the prasadam on the road because he can’t enter the temple for obvious reasons (we don’t want such elements to enter our temples either, but that’s beside the point). There were reports that some kind of ‘Sukra Preeti pariharam’ was performed by Stalin! This is for victory in the coming elections, which he has been predicting, is coming soon! I can imagine some party functionaries arranging for the puja, and requesting the temple to deliver it on the road to the boss when he arrives.
But still, the right thing to do was to refuse to do such things on the road. It should have been handed over to the people who ordered the puja inside the temple. What they do with it outside is neither ours nor Temple’s concern.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.