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Treasure hunt

Posted: July 10, 2011 in religion, society

Time is up for a Mahmud Ghazni or an East India Company to get rooted in Kerala. The invaluable assets unearthed from Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple in Thiruvanathapuram should awaken all the modern Ghazni’s from deep slumber. We have read and studies about greedy kings who led their army all the way into the heart of India to loot and fill their belly. Maybe this temple in Kerala wasn’t an easy prey in their eye though much of what is discovered now must have been hidden during that time as well.

In any case, now, what matters is a treasure worth more than 1 lakh crore is out there. As soon as the news spread, the curiosity to know the details is skyrocketing and so is the anxiety of the temple authorities and the local government to safeguard the invaluable assets. Whatever is in there, worth more than the face value of the material given the fact that they belong to different centuries and have religious have.

However, what remains to be seen now is how are and how long are they going to keep such things protected! Different arguments have already come up and the one that seems to win is that all what is there is to be there only. In other words, the existence of this treasure is to be considered nonexistent in effect. So?

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Death after Darshan

Posted: January 23, 2011 in religion

As if the plethora of natural calamities taking its toll on human lives and property is not enough, we make the situation worse with inadequate and improper safety measures at crucial venues. Stampedes taking the lives of innocent pilgrims at religious places in India are not anymore rare news. The past one decade has witnessed nearly 1000 lives choking and breathing their last, including those who died at Sabarimala shrine.

On March 4, 2010, nearly 63 people were killed and 15 injured at Kripalu Maharaj’s Ashram at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh.  On September 30, 2008, more than 200 devotees were killed and over 60 injured in a stampede at Chamunda Devi temple in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur. On August 3, 2008 over 150 people, mainly women and children lost their lives, and hundreds were injured at the Hindu temple of Naina Devi in Himachal Pradesh.The stampede at Mandhar Devi temple in Maharashtra in January 2005, claimed 340 lives.

What is going wrong at these places? You never can point your fingers at the hapless pilgrims who throng from different parts of the country and are clueless about the region and situation. Even if the tragedy is accidently triggered by them – undue hurry to go back after darshan or halting where they aren’t supposed to, breaking coconuts or leaving pooja articles where people walk, prohibited parking of vehicle etc ring death knell – they cannot be called the cuprites though they could do well in being diligent in such places.

Had the authorities, be it from the police or shrine, been more sensible, responsible and proactive and a little farsighted several of such tragedies could be easily shunned.

Ganpati Bappa Morya

Posted: September 19, 2010 in religion

It s that time of the year those who love Mumbai love to be there. Of course the metro always has one reason or another to attract crowd to its bosom. But it is the season of devotion; a time to welcome Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed God amid pomp and gaiety to their homes.

Idols of all shapes and sizes of Lord Ganesh are seen almost everywhere and feel of “Ganpati Bappa Morya” is felt every nook and corner of the city. Of course the piety to this God is not patented by mumbaikers alone. but they seem to have a spiritually special reason to celebrate it. Though Ganesh Chaturthi, marking the birth of popular Hindu God, is celebrated all over India, its festivities are most elaborate in Maharashtra and parts of Western India.

The festival will end on Anant Chaturdashi (September 22) when Ganesh idols will be immersed with fanfare in water bodies. the vociferous procession chanting mantras, singing songs and dancing in celebration is an occasion that you don’t like to miss.

Approximately 6000 idols of Ganesha are commissioned for Ganesha Chaturthi in Mumbai alone. That speaks volumes about the devotion and the ardor with which the people celebrate this event. However, the aftermath of this extreme devotion is heart rendering at the immersion sites in the days to follow. It is a disgrace to the city, pollution of environment and more seriously it is sacrilegious to see the bits and pieces of the very ‘God’ you just immersed. Despite debates year after year, the practice doesn’t seem slow down a bit. One wonders what the Gods might be thinking about all these