There has been a massive security lapse at Thiruvananthapuram Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Andhra Pradesh natives celebrated Christmas by lighting candles inside the Temple. The incident happened on Sunday.
A Kuchupudi team from Vijayawada arrived and asked permission to arrange a dance program. It was led by one Ramachandramurthy, a native of Vijayawada, and they had booked that day’s pujas.
Hindus In Name Only (HINO) Temple managers granted the Vijayawada Abrahamics an area near the Tulabhara Mandapam. Tulabhara is an ancient Hindu practice in which a person is weighed against a commodity (such as grains, fruits, or other objects), and the equivalent weight of that commodity is offered to the Bhagwan/Bhagwati.
These Christians used the guise of performers and cheated Hindus. They lighted candles near the Mandapam before they started dancing. Their actions did not go down well with Hindu devotees who protested. Only then did Temple security personnel arrive and extinguish the candles. Devotees lamented that by then, our traditions had been damaged.
Forget lighting; candles are not even allowed inside Kerala temples. The temple security department is supposed to check whether non-Hindus bring such items. There was a severe lapse of security from their side.
Suspiciously, the Temple Tantri inspects even the pooja items that Hindu devotees bring. Devotees can enter the high-security Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple only after strict vetting. It is alleged that Temple authorities allowed violations knowingly.
When the incident became controversial, the security department tried to justify the accused and claimed they were not candles but something else. Such statements increased suspicion and showed complicity.
Devotees protested, alleging that there was a violation of ritual. They also pointed out that many CCTVs installed inside and outside the Temple are non-functional.
Devotees alleged that such issues were bound to happen sooner than later by employing atheists with Hindu names. While in Kerala, such HINOs are atheists, in Andhra Pradesh, they are Christian converts. They retain their Hindu names to usurp reservations meant for the poor unethically.
When the government cannot protect Hindu rituals and traditions inside Temples, why do they insist on managing them? Why doesn’t the government show the same diligence regarding churches and mosques? It is high time that Hindus took back our Temples. Until then, such nasty incidents will continue.