Edited By: Oindrila Mukherjee
Last Updated: February 15, 2023, 19:16 IST
Police have requested the authorities of the Bhadrakali temple at Thiruvananthapuram’s Vellayani to use multicoloured decorations for the temple’s pageant as a substitute of utilizing solely saffron. The temple’s pageant committee, nevertheless, alleged that the police have been implementing the agenda of the CPI(M)-led authorities. It has approached the Kerala High Court with the matter.
“This is the CPI(M)’s agenda, which it is trying to implement through the police. When they see saffron, they think it’s the BJP or the Sangh Parivar. If you look at the history of India, you will understand the importance of saffron,” mentioned the committee’s chairperson Bhuvanachandran.
According to police, they issued the discover concerning the decorations contemplating a legislation and order state of affairs. They mentioned the pageant happened each three years and final time, too, there have been points.
Police additional mentioned their momentary help put up was attacked late on Tuesday, and that BJP-RSS staff and supporters have been behind this. A case has been registered underneath sections pertaining to property injury and interfering in police responsibility.
Kerala BJP secretary S Suresh mentioned the district administration ought to withdraw the discover issued to the temple committee. “It is obvious that if it is a temple, a Hindu pilgrim centre, saffron is a Hindu flag. They are directing the temple to use multicoloured decorations, which is a clear violation of the Constitution. It is a discrimination towards Hindus and Hindu pilgrim centres. I want to ask the Pinarayi (Vijayan) government if it will issue the same notice for other religious functions,” Suresh mentioned.
The BJP chief additional mentioned the act of placing up a short lived help put up by the police, with out consulting the temple authorities, was to provoke Hindu devotees. “This time, when the advisory committee of the temple was selected, BJP-RSS workers were the majority. So, they decided to go with only saffron coulored decorations. For decades, this festival has been happening here. Now, in the advisory committee, there are more BJP-RSS members who have decided to go ahead with this. The temple is for everyone; it is not right that it is being portrayed as for one party,” mentioned CPI(M) district secretary V Joy.
Joy mentioned the agenda of the BJP-RSS behind this was to model temples as belonging to one occasion. “What is the colour of the VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and RSS flags? We all know what the colour is. They cannot mislead people. They want to create an atmosphere where when devotees coming to the temple see this and understand that the RSS is ruling the committee. That is the agenda behind these decorations,” he mentioned.
The MLA additional mentioned the assault on the momentary help put up put up by police was a critical offence and nobody had the correct to take the legislation into their fingers.
Some devotees mentioned they have been right here to worship the goddess and all of this was pointless. “I don’t agree with this. I don’t support using just one colour. In all parties, there are people who believe in god. Saffron is the colour of our national flag, these people are saying it’s the colour of Hindus. Anyone can wear it; maybe because Hindus use it more, they are saying it’s a Hindu colour,” mentioned Sujatha, a lady who had come to provide prayers on the temple.
Another girl, Sreekumari, mentioned, “All the people should stay together and work for the temple. Let everyone tie these decorations. All should be given the chance to do this. The Hindu’s colour is saffron. They wear saffron, it is part of sanyasam.”
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