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Travancore Devaswom Board magazine published for the Shri Sarkara Bhagavathy temple festival depicts photographs of beef

The back cover of a magazine published by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) for the Shri Sarkara Bhagavathy temple festival featured a catering service advertisement that showed meat dishes, including beef. Outraged devotees protested on social media.

The magazine was published to announce the annual Meena Bharani festival which was discontinued for a couple of years due to the pandemic. The full-page color ad carried photos of non-vegetarian dishes that included not just chicken but even beef! Interestingly, Hindu organizations failed to even protest against this sacrilege.  

There are allegations that the communists who occupy key positions in the TDB did this on purpose. Hindus In Name Only (HINO) infiltration in Temples is a widespread issue in Kerala and these HINO communists are trying hard to destroy sacred Hindu traditions and rituals.     

Shri Sarkara Bhagavathy temple is located at Chirayinkeezhu in Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the major pilgrim destinations in Bharat and the presiding deity is Devi Bhadrakali. It is an ancient temple that is centuries old. It rose to prominence after the then King of Travancore, Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma introduced the Kaliyoottu festival in 1748.  

That festival falls in the month of February-March when the produce of the first harvest is offered to the Devi. It is followed by the Meena Bharani which is a ten-day festival between March and April. It is believed that the Devi appears on the tenth day and tens of thousands of devotees flock to the Temple for her divine blessings.  

Even though the finances came from the Travancore royal treasury, Marthanda Varma had entrusted the management of festivities to the Ranis of Attingal. Those Ranis enjoyed independent rights over several aspects of the neighboring regions and temples.

After seeing such negative advertisements, locals began to question when the rights to conduct their Temple festivals will be entrusted to the devotees themselves. 

Garuda (the mount of Bhagwan Vishnu) Thookkam is the main offering in this Bhagawathy Temple. Since it did not happen during the last two years, those who had registered earlier were given priority. On the final day of the festival, on the 5th of April, the Garuda Thookkam began early in the morning and went on late into the evening before it was completed.

It is also believed that the Devi goes hunting and animal sacrifices were common. More than 50 years ago, the Communists introduced laws that banned all such sacrifices in Hindu temples. Other communities meanwhile are not banned from sacrificing lakhs of animals in public, including in mosques, during their festivals. 

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  1. RE: Shri Sarkara Bhagavathy temple festival featured a catering service advertisement that showed meat dishes, including beef.
    THE HINDU, a leading newspaper published from Chennai used to refuse ads by Hotels / Restaurants featuring Non Vegetarian dishes. Of curse their policies have changed with times, unfortunately. The TDB must desist from accepting ads featuring non-veg dishes and publish articles and pictures of Shri Sarkara Bhagavathy and the temple. But then the TDB is controlled by Communists moslemswho proclaim atheism. I wonder if the government has the guts to publish similar ads in the mouthpieces of the Muslims & Christians ?

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