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Karimbanal family members, whose ancestors allegedly razed Sabarimala Temple, shoot and kill each other

Earlier this month, both local and national media reported that George Kurian Karimbanal (55) shot dead his younger brother Ranju Kurian (50) and their uncle Mathew Scaria (75) near Kanjirapally in Kerala. Media reports comfortably steered clear of the fact that all three belonged to the Christian Karimbanal/ Karimpanal family and that Karimbanal Kochukunhu Muthalali was involved in the 1950 arson and desecration of the Sabarimala temple. Many believe that this is the same Karimpanal family that was involved in the Sabarimala arson.

Sabarimala Temple is situated deep inside the dense jungles of the Periyar Reserve forest in Kerala. The temple which has no surrounding habitation for an adjoining stretch of 30 km, was attacked on June 16, 1950. It was found in wrecks, the Ayyappa murti was severely damaged, and the storeroom was razed down due to fire. Possibilities of accidental fire were ruled out as the temple was very well kept.   

Karimbanal is a prominent family in Kanjirapally that used to own hundreds of acres of land and plantations. Though Kerala was shocked to hear about the shooting and murder of Kurian and Scaria, Hindus were not surprised as many believed that the Karimbanal family was cursed and living under the shadow of Bhagwan Ayyappa’s wrath. 

George Kurian alias Pappan was running a real estate business in Ernakulam and was deep in debt. Since they had issues with the sale of properties in Ooty, his younger brother was settled there. The family had both plantations and resorts near many tourist spots in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Only the bedridden father, KV Kurian (84), mother, Rose Kurian (75), and two workers live in Kanjirapally.

Their ancestors are said to have left them total assets (mainly land) worth a thousand crores but the new generation added nothing to their wealth. In fact, they were known only known for their extravagant spending habits. When the brothers used to live in Kanjirapally, they never worked and were usually seen at the premium clubs in Kanjirapally and seldom at their home. 

Both would drink, gamble and spend two, at time three days at the club, before returning home. When they lose, they would even pawn the trees in their plantations and continue betting. They also liked fast cars and would speed through the narrow ghat roads at night, turn turtle and their drivers would allegedly come to replace them at the police station.

Other pastimes included going to Dubai for fishing, hunting wild animals in Africa, and going to Coimbatore to change the upholstery of their high-end vehicles. Globetrotting was not carried out alone, but along with a whole bunch of local cronies. Such lavish habits are said to have made a serious dent in their fortunes and the surviving brother is said to currently have total liabilities of around 8 cr.       

Recently, the senior Kurian had gifted the surviving Kurian, two and a half acres of prime land, adjoining the family home. George planned to divide the land into smaller plots, build villas and sell them. This was not acceptable to the younger brother and he demanded that George vacate a 50 cent area adjacent to the family home.  

Several meetings were held to solve the family dispute, led by their mother’s brother, Scaria but nothing changed. On March 7, another such reconciliation gathering was arranged and Scaria was the mediator. It did not go well when George felt that Scaria and his brother had ganged up and were trying to cast him out.  

A fistfight ensued and it ended when the accused drew his revolver and shot both the others. He pulled the trigger twice on both and the dead have a bullet each in the head and in their bodies. The mother later told the police that she was the first to hear the gunshots. She came out, saw that both the victims were dead, went into her room and locked it from inside. 

George waited calmly for the police to arrive and surrendered. He told the police that his actions were in self-defense but police believe that the murder was preplanned. A dispute over the sale of properties had resulted in familicide in the infamous Karimbanal family.  

K Keshava Menon, a Deputy Superintendent of Police who had investigated the original Sabarimala temple arson case, had noted that there were 15 cut marks on the door leading to the Sreekovil, with the murti’s head, left palm and fingers being severed.  He had concluded that this was a plotted conspiracy; a hate crime against the religious sentiments of the Ayyappa devotees. His conclusions were as follows:

“…Christians have got more familiarity and knowledge than the Hindus in this direction, as they and they alone occupy the places at the base of these hills and they are the only persons who hunt and poach in the vicinity of the temple day in and day out.”

Further investigations revealed that converted Syrian Christians/Roman Catholics were behind this attack. Christian converts had ruined several temples to dislodge the Hindu faith from the state and convert it into a breeding ground for the foreign-aided Christian missionaries. ‘Secular’ politicians had intervened and no action was initiated against the accused, including Karimbanal Kochukunhu and four other main accused. 

Future generations of the other four accused have spent most of their lives in mental asylums and now this. The desecrated stone murti of Swami Ayyappa was replaced with a Panchaloha (five-metal) murti. The temple’s sanctum sanctorum now has a gold-plated roof and a Dhwajam was also installed in the late 1960s. Crores of Hindu pilgrims visit the temple each year. 

Successive communist and congress rulers have taken over the baton from the converts and they have tried everything in their grasp, to destroy the temple and continue to do so. Tellers steal money from the hundi, Jizya taxes on government employees who wish to visit Sabarimala, Halal-certified jaggery being used in offerings, fake news cooked up to create caste fissures, and the infamous crackdown on devotees who resisted the Supreme Court’s autocratic order to allow females between the age of 10 and 50, are just a few examples. 

Abrahamic fanatics often mockingly ask why Hindu Bhagwans are so late with their fury. Legend has it that a year for earthlings is equal to a day for the Bhagwan. If a devastating flood occurs 100 years after the previous one, for Bhagwan Ayyappa, it happened just 100 days later.

Update 26 March 2022: Some more links with respect to this case have been updated.

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  1. these Christian families ate so much of wealth of pandalam rajyavamsam and encroached vast Sabarimala lands for their business and made their own by crooked ways. Now they have the karmas for that. No one can steel way Lord’s wealth.👍👍


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