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Thursday, October 6, 2022

“My gold and silk are sold. I’m made to wear impure silk”- Mandaikadu Devi reveals in Prashnam

The presiding deity of Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman temple has revealed that none of the customs and traditions are followed properly by HRCE. Last week the famous temple in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, met with a fire accident. In Deva Prashnam the deity revealed that sampradaya was not followed diligently and devotees were made to suffer by the HRCE management.

Deva Prashnam, a form of horary, is  conducted to know the cause of accidents, the will of the deity in making important decisions etc in the temples of Kerala and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Following the fire accident in Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman temple, Deva Prashnam was conducted in the presence of public representatives and devaswom board members. Astrologer Srinath from Wayanad and Vishnu Namboodri, former Melshanthi of Attukal Bhagavathi Amman temple were chosen to conduct prashnam.

During the process of prashnam in which the presiding deity of the temple appears, the deity revealed that naivedyam was not pure, temple premises aren’t clean and that the vastram put on the murti were also dirty. The absolute state of neglect shocked everyone when the deity showed that traditions and customs aren’t followed properly as per Agamas.

The deity has revealed that flowers, garlands, silk bought for or donated to Amman are sold outside instead of adorning her. She is made to wear impure clothes instead. She also expressed her dissatisfaction at the fact that the temple tank isn’t properly maintained and food items prepared at the temple kitchen were sold by HRCE without being given as naivedyam to her. She also revealed that a small defect on her murti wasn’t rectified and she has grown in height, which is why she indicated by fire that the roof needs to be replaced. The murti is actually a snake nest that continues to grow. 

Devotees have been alleging that utsavams and other traditional pujas aren’t done properly and the deity has revealed the same, pulling up the management for indulging corruption in silk, gold and money coming to the temple treasure. The temple has a golden chariot but it hasn’t been put to use. Amman pointed this out and ordered that it should be taken out on procession every Purnima, pulled by the devotees without any fee for the same. HRCE has a habit of collecting money for pulling golden chariots in temples. She let the devotees know that the 40 acre property belonging to the temple is encroached and directed the management to recover it.

It was also revealed that the two wells in the temple are in neglect. Amman has directed the management to open them and only use water from the wells for puja. Many parivara devatas being neglected without any pujas also came to light through the Deva Prashnam. Parivara devatas Nagar, Isakki Amman, Bhairavar are also neglected without proper pujas to which the deity took offence. She has also revealed that the folk art forms describing her history that were performed in the temple earlier should be revived.

Amman has noted that the annual festival in the month of Masi (February- March) isn’t being conducted with fervor. She has directed that the queen of Thiruvananthapuram palace should be invited to the festival with silk. She also wants the elephant procession to be revived and ordered that the sandal paste brought on the elephants should be of good quality.

In essence the Prashnam has revealed that HRCE has foregone nearly all the sampradayas and even violated the Agamas. The deity has pointed out the corruption and indifference of the government officers in minute details. She even pointed out that despite her pointing out many of the flaws in the previous Prashnam, most of them were not rectified. She said that she is not showing her anger as she is seated as the presiding deity of the temple in a peaceful form and that the wrong doers won’t be able to handle it if she showed her true form. With the new DMK government meddling in temple affairs and tapping into temple funds for secular schemes, will the situation get any better is the question.

(Featured Image Source: Dinasari)

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