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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple Padmatheertham neglected

One of the ‘wealthiest’ Hindu Temples, the world-famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, has become a garbage dumping yard. An evil communist/jihadi agenda to covertly wipe out Hindu places of worship has fastened Temple’s decline in Kerala. When it comes to the decay of Hindu Temples, dark forces thrive on speechless Hindus In Name Only (HINOs).

Recently, Kerala Kaumudi reported how garbage, including plastic bottles and clothes, has polluted the Padmatheertham, the sacred rectangular pond associated with Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. This is where Temple Pujaris and Tantris dip before starting their daily pujas and rituals. Litter can be seen floating around in the pond.

In the Manipravalam poem dating back to the 14th century, Padmatheertham is mentioned as Anantha Theertham. Historian M G Sasibhooshan says: “There was a golden lotus at the center of the pond. Whenever the water level increases, the lotus also gets lifted. The name Padmatheertham originated from the golden lotus”.

The water anointed by Shri Padmanabhaswamy is believed to reach the Padmatheertham. Therefore, devotees consider this water body very sacred. Unfortunately, the same polluted water is fetched and used even inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. Horrible unhygienic conditions in most temples managed by controversial Devaswom Boards remain unchanged.

The Temple Management Committee has not acted to clean the pond, even during the Painkuni festival. It is one of the most awaited festivals in Kerala, hosted at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. The festival started on 27 March and continues until 5 April.

Hindus believe the festival brings ample monsoon rains to Kerala. Massive figures (Aarattu) of the Pandavas are placed at the eastern entrance to the temple. According to Hindu religious traditions, the figures are put up to appease Indra, the Bhagwan of Rain. Finally, the Painkuni festival ends when the Aarattu is taken to Shanghumugham Beach and immersed in the sea.

The Story of a City, a Facebook group of Hindu temple devotees, did complain to the Padmanabhaswamy Temple Executive Officer. These Hindus wanted authorities to clean the Padmatheertham before this year’s Painkuni festival but did not receive a satisfactory reply. Sources claimed further action could be taken only at the committee meeting on 2 April.

Hindu devotees came forward to clean the pool before the Painkuni festival and arranged all the necessary preparations. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple authorities turned down the offer. Locals alleged that Padmatheertham might not be cleaned this year. They also fear it might be undertaken when the festival reaches its climax.

Devotees say garbage started pouring into the Padmatheertham after the Covid-19 pandemic, and authorities turned a blind eye toward the menace. The negligence of non-Hindu traders around the temple is another reason. Cruelly, they are the ones who allegedly dispose of plastic and even animal waste in the sacred water body. Ayyappa devotees from other states dispose of their black clothing into the pond.

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple’s governing body has not appointed a single employee to prevent dumping. A couple of guards and bins with signs in several local languages to collect old clothing/plastic could prevent the garbage that devotees bring from accumulating. Cameras should keep track of local traders who dump waste in Padmatheertham and help expose their mischievous agenda.

State-Sponsored Temple Loot

Temple management in Kerala is such that when the temple approaches the government requesting Rs 10 crore for salary and pension, only Rs 2 crore is ‘sanctioned,’ but even that is not released. Last month, the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple storekeeper informed the governing body in writing that even essential items like rice, condiments, and other pooja items were unavailable in the temple store and to intervene in the problem immediately. Without reason, the custom of blending saffron with the sandalwood paste offered to the Deities was discontinued more than a decade ago.

Last year, the Supreme Court ordered an audit of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple for the previous 25 years, but it is yet to begin. An official audit has not happened for decades, and the situation is the same in all state-run Temples all over Kerala. Instead, the communists shamelessly introduced VIP tickets of ₹ 500 to raise money.

Marxists are only interested in the staggering treasure safely stored inside Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple vaults. Greed allegedly pushed the Congress/left leaders and Supreme Court to open the A vault on 27 June 2011. Though no official confirmation yet, the recovered valuables were roughly estimated at one lakh crore rupees.

There are six underground chambers under the sanctum sanctorum that ‘experts’ have code-named “A to F.” Two are opened regularly for daily poojas (E and F) and two for occasional festivals (C & D). A and B are considered secret and sacred. 

B Chamber has not been opened in more than 100 years and may carry more wealth than the A vault. Hindus believe opening these sacred chambers will bring ill fortune, but the state seems adamant. When vault A was opened, a symbol of a hooded snake on the back wall of vault B could be seen.

The sign indicates forbidden territory, and opening it would bring widespread misfortune. After strenuous protests, the contentious vault B was left untouched. Around 250 commandos guard the temple around the clock using underground scanners, CCTVs, and bollards. Yet, garbage keeps accumulating.

Will the authorities/politicians dare to check the wealth of a mosque or church like this?

If this happens in ‘wealthy’ Temples, one shudders to imagine the situation in ordinary ones. Such incidents prove why Hindus should banish the government from Temples. Courts and the state have long dangled the ‘Free Temples’ carrot to placate Hindus but have tightened their authority inside Hindu places of worship.

Padmatheertham

Padmatheertham was renovated in the 18th century by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma and Dharmaraja. Padmatheertham was supplied with fresh water from the Killi River through a rivulet named Kochar. The natural drainage system in the pond made sure freshwater from the Kochar moved towards Padmatheertham, and the used water flowed towards the Pathrakulam and finally merged with the sea at Shanghumugham.

Subsequent rulers took necessary measures to maintain the temple tank. In 1813, oil lamps were installed on the banks of Padmatheertham. A system of periodic maintenance was also introduced to clean the pond. Proper drainage and water circulation are keys to maintaining such large water bodies.

In the past few decades, pipelines were introduced to channel water, which resulted in system blockage at several places. Encroachments ensured the old drainage pattern became defunct, but the authorities did not care. Iron railing and gates were installed around the pond, and dumping garbage began in earnest. Without water circulation, the pond became a body of stagnant water, and the trash certainly did not help.

In the 1950s, the state usurped several temples all over Bharat. Misinterpreting the term ruler for sovereign (in the sense of “political leader”), the Kerala high court decided that the government must take over the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. 

Successive governments included members of the ruling dispensations from time to time to govern Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. HINOs and atheists miserably failed to live up to the expectations of the devotees. Their ideologies pushed many temples into perpetual disarray.

In June 2020, the Kerala government had a slight setback when the Supreme Court asked the communist regime to include the royal family in the temple’s management. A bunch of ‘isolated incidents’ like the refusal to allow devotees to clean the Padmatheertham before the Painkuni festival prove that communists/jihadis still run the show.

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