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Monday, November 28, 2022

TN: Deities are locked up but hundis come out

The DMK government in Tamil Nadu has invited the ire of Hindus for not wanting to open temples for darshan but bringing the hundi outside the temple to collect money. The hundi in Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy temple was brought outside to be placed at the entrance even as the temple was closed even on Mahalaya Amavasya. After severe criticism HRCE officials have taken back the hundi and placed it inside the temple.

The atheist DMK government in TN had banned opening places of worship for public access on the weekends. But only Hindus were affected by this as temples are under the control of TNHRCE. Not only temples but even rivers near temples and temple tanks were denied access on Aadi Perukku, Aadi Amavasya and Mahalaya Amavasya. Hindus had to perform pitru tarpan on the streets and bus stands.

While churches conducted grand car festivals with public participation, temple utsavams and festivals were restricted to temple premises alone. Despite protests temples weren’t opened for public darshan on important Hindu occasions. Devotees from neighbouring and far away states on pilgrimage had to return in disappointment and those who worshipped from the gates were also harassed by police.

Yet HRCE had the audacity to bring the hundi to the entrance of Rameshwaram Ramanathaswamy temple to collect money from devotees. This invited the ire of devotees as the government seems to be concerned only about earning money. After severe criticism and protest by Hindu organisations, the hundi was taken back inside and placed in its original place.

DMK government has decided to tap into temple gold by melting jewelleries and depositing them as gold bars under the gold monetisation scheme. It has also planned to construct malls and shopping complexes on temple lands to generate revenue. These moves have been opposed by Hindu organisations and temple activists as it will result in the atheist DMK government appropriating temple wealth with no accountability in HRCE.

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