Missionaries stoop to a new low everyday to establish their god as the One True God, and such a despicable act has come to light now. In a video shared in Twitter, a missionary can be seen gloating about deceiving Ayyappa bhaktas to place tracts (Christian religious texts) inside their Irumudi.
In a video posted by @HLkodo, a Twitter user, the evangelist gloats to his followers about taking advantage of their good nature and deceiving Ayyappa bhaktas. He describes how missionaries were sent to target them, during the mandala season. Ayyappa bhaktas who undertake a 41 day mandala vrata and go on pilgrimage to Sabarimala visit major temples on their way. Madurai Meenakshi, Kanyakumari Bhagavati, Rameshwaram, etc are never missed by the pilgrims.
The missionary says, “A huge number of buses would ply into Rameshwaram carrying Ayyappa bhaktas. We would be carrying tracts in our hands. I myself have gone. We would wait near the Pamban bridge. We would act like we were some stranded tourists..4 or five of us would stand there hiding the tracts. When the buses carrying Ayyappa bhaktas come there we would ask for lift”.
He goes on to explain how the atmosphere inside such buses would be spiritual with enthusiastic bhaktas singing Ayyappa bhajans. “They would sympathise with us and give us lift. We would stand in the bus and insert the tracts inside the Irumudis surreptitiously”. Irumudi is a pack traditionally carried by Ayyappa bhaktas on their heads during their pilgrimage. It contains the offerings for Ayyappa like rice and ghee. The pack itself is considered very sacred and the moment it is tied, Ayyappa bhaktas carry it on their heads except when on vehicles.
That missionaries take pleasure in desecrating such a sacred thing shows how deep their hatred for Hindu dharma is. Ayyappa bhaktas, once they take deeksha and wear mala, lead an austere lifestyle and should follow vows of never lying, being patient, calling everyone as “swami” in the sense that brahmam resides in everyone. The missionary’s language mocks this innocent nature of the bhaktas. Supporters of the Ready To Wait campaign held the view that the decision to allow women of all ages in Sabarimala was a move to break it’s unique tradition to make the job of missionaries easy. With this revelation their conviction stands vindicated.