Temple Rituals by a Christian Poojari

via Krishnadaya published on June 7, 2009

A Christian constructs a Maha-Vishnu temple in his own home’s compound. Getting it’s *Prana-Prathishta*  done by Brahmina-Tantris. His son learns *Jyothisha* and Vedic Pooja-rituals ;  and ignoring the Church’s prohibition orders, becomes the Poojari of that temple! .

( News appeared in the Malayalam daily “Kerala Kaumudi”today ) .

This is the true story of a Faith. It is the true experience of Sri.P.K Thomas (puthenpurackal house, SRP market, Thazhava, Karunagappally, Kerala) and his son P.T John.  Now, John is the Poojari of his family-owned Mahavishnu temple in his own compound.

 Before this land was the property of Brahmins. At that time,  there was *Sarpa-kavu*, Pond and Naga-Deities. In the year 1975, Sir P.K Thomas bought this land from Brahmins. Soon after buying it, he destroyed the ‘Kavu’, filled the Pond, and dismantled all the Naga-Deities. He got the house and surroundings “Vecharippu” ( Christian ritualistic  “purification”)  by Christian- priests.

After some days, chronic Infection appeared on both his legs. Also, mental disorder started for younger daughter Ajitha. Many treatments were done but it all failed.

At last,  Thomas consulted a Vedic-Jyothishi to find the truth. The *Prasna-Vidhi* (Jyothisha-revelation) recommended the re-consecration of the removed Deities.

Thomas and family who had already suffered terribly for (4) long years, decided to obey it. In the year 1979, a team of Vedic Brahmanas led by  Paravoor Kannamballui Illam’s  Brahmasri Unnikrishnan Potti and Thazhava Padinjare Madam’s  Sridharan Nampoothiri performed the *Prana-Prathishtta* of the new temple.

Being a Yacobite-Christian follower, Thomas’s construction of Vishnu temple, it’s consecration by Brahmanas and subsequent Pooja rituals, invited the wrath of his relatives and Christian community. This fierce opposition became stronger with every passing day. The complaints reached the top church authorities. Thomas was summonsed by the Church –Authorities. And he was strictly ordered to stop immediately the complete temple activities. Accordingly, the poojas stopped and the temple was closed down. Some days passed like that.

However,  Thomas’s son John was not prepared to withdraw like that. From 23rd December 1987, John started offering the *Deepam* (oil-lit lamp) in the  temple. Opposition to it arose then also but John ignored it all. Being not satisfied with the offering of  *Deepam*  alone, John decided to learn Jyothisha and Pooja. In the year 1993,  he became the disciple of famous Jyothishi Sri Cheppad K.J Kaimal, and learnt jyothisha for 5 years. Simultaneously, he mastered the poojas from Sri.Narayanan Potti. In the year 2002, he started monthly poojas in the temple.

Six months back, daily poojas too started. Now there is pooja in the morning and evening. John himself does the Pooja-rituals. Wife Rachel and daughter Jeena give him necessary help. On the first day of every Malayalam month, there is Monthly-Pooja. Addition to it are the special poojas requested by Bhaktas.

Bhaktas are happy with John’s poojas .   Sri.Divakaran Potti (Venkattakkallillom, Thazhava) says “John knows the poojas very well. Often I feel that,  he does it better than some Brahmins”.

 John is trying to expand the temple further with separate temples for Maha-Vishnu, Durga. Also seating for Yogeeshwara and Nagas. He is confident about it.

 Because of his Deity-worship of Hindu-Gods, there is opposition and ridicule from his relatives and Christian community. Even threats are there. However, John is unmoved. His wife and daughter still visit the church and make it’s payments. Because of his involvement with the  temple, John does not go to church.

Om Namo Narayanaya !!!

 

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