Renowned Carnatic vocalist and playback singer K J Yesudas has applied for permission to offer prayers at the iconic Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, where only believers of Hinduism are permitted. The temple authorities said, the singer, a Christian by birth, sent the request by letter and declaration of his faith in Hinduism through a special messenger last evening.
Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, the noted singer had earlier been denied entry into the famous Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayur in Thrissur district and Kadampuzha Devi temple in Malappuram for being a ‘non-Hindu’.It must be noted that Yesudas sang many devotional songs about these temples…
Temple Executive officer V Ratheesan, IAS, said on though Yesudas did not mention any particular date, the messenger informed that the singer would like to visit the shrine on Vijayadasami, which falls on September 30.
“As per our customs, anyone who believes in Hinduism can visit the Padmanabha Swamy Temple and offer prayers. There are no restrictions for that,” he told media on Sunday.
“We all know about Yesudas’s faith in Hinduism and now he has given a declaration in this regard. So, as of now, there is no issue for him to visit the shrine,” the official said. Non-Hindus and foreigners are permitted inside the sprawling shrine dedicated to Lord Padmanabha after accepting similar declarations, he said.
Hailing from a Roman Catholic family, the noted singer had earlier been denied entry into the famous Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayur in Thrissur district and Kadampuzha Devi temple in Malappuram for being a ‘non-Hindu’. It must be noted that Yesudas sang many devotional songs about these temples and the deities of these temples for the past five decades.
However, Yesudas has been a regular visitor to the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala and Mookambika temple at Kollur in Karnataka.
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