No violation: Guruvayur Thantri

via Newindpress published on June 3, 2007

GURUVAYUR: There is no negation of the Temple Entry Proclamation of 1936 in the performance of the Punyaham ritual after the entry of Ravi Krishna, son of Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, temple Thantri Chennas Raman Namboothiripad told.

“As the Thantri of the temple, I am only bound to act upon the existing laws and I am performing the rituals as per the tradition and custom at the temple and I am ready to face prosecution for performing a ritual as per the existing tradition and custom of the temple. It is not the Thantri who escorted Ravi Krishna to the temple. The Devaswom officals who received Ravi Krishna should have sought the clarification as a Punyaham had been performed earlier after his entry to the temple in 2000.”, the Thantri said.

The Punyaham was performed not for the Choroonu ritual or the entry of Vayalar Ravi’s grandchild who is a Hindu maternally, the Thantri clarified.

The Punyaham was performed because of entry of Ravi Krishna, who is a Christian maternally.

Ravi Krishna should have produced some relevant documents to prove that he is a Hindu prior to the entry in to the temple since he faced the purification ritual 7 years ago, Thantri said.

“When Ravi Krishna’s entry was brought to my notice I can only direct for a purification ritual and nothing else”, Thantri said.

The Devaswom Minister who showers abusing words on everyone, should spare me.

The words used by the Devaswom Minister to abuse me are painful and as the Thantri of Sree Guruvayurappan, I cannot give a reply to the minister in same language, Chennas Raman Namboothiripad said.

“Thantri cannot legislate new laws for the temple and if Sudhkaran has the guts to initiate the law enabling all the non-Hindus to enter the temples in the state, let him do it. If a law is legislated, then like every citizen, the Thantri too is bound to obey the law and it can be followed at the temple. Till then spare the Thantri of Guruvayur temple”, Chennas Raman Namboothiripad said.

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