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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Tirupathi on evangelist hit-list

Author: Sandhya Jain
Publication: Organiser
Date: July 24, 2005

Evangelists are targetting the sacred site of Tirumala and in a direct affront to the Hindu community, which has for centuries regarded all seven hills as holy, have starting gathering on the slopes in groups for public prayers. Even though an officer of the State-controlled Tirumala Tirupati Devasathanam (TTD) which manages the world famous Venkateshwara temple has denied that a missionary society has submitted a proposal to build a church on the hills, there is widespread disbelief on account of the known biases of Chief Minister Samuel Reddy.

The denials by TTD special officer A.V. Dharma Reddy follow reports in leading Telugu newspapers such as Eenadu and television channels like ETV, Teja TV, Gemini TV and Sun TV. Former Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu, who was reportedly tipped off by informed sources in the Secretariat, has strongly condemned the move, as has the state BJP.

What lends credence to Hindu fears is the despicable statement by the Government official that the TTD temple owns only 10.33 sq. miles of land on the hills, and this land is administered by the mandir trust. This is a transparent ploy to deny the sacred character of all seven hills in their entirety, and restrict the sacred site of the Hindu community to the formal boundary of the extant temple of Lord Venkateshwara.

Clearly we are witnessing the development of a major assault upon one of the most venerated sites of the Hindu community. Should it happen, it will be a desecration at par with that of the Mylapore Shiva temple in Chennai. Hitherto, there has never been any question of a structure other than the shrine of Lord Venkateshwara on these hills, and it bears remembering that it is the hills that are holy and not merely the mandir which adorns them. For instance, a temple along a busy thoroughfare would be holy, but the adjacent land would not be deemed sacred.

Thus, the attempt to limit the sacredness of Tirumala to the boundary of the temple, i.e. 10.33 sq. miles, is suspicious and suggests that the State Government may be preparing the ground for landing over land to a church body on one of the slopes. This is consistent with the systematic defilement of Hindu institutions since the UPA became ascendant in national life, as witnessed in the harassment of the Kanchi Shankaracharya and Bal Shankaracharya, and attempts to take over prominent Hindu temples.

What lends urgency to Hindu fears is the fact that six large churches have already sprung up on the road to Tirumala (Bye-pass road and new Bye-pass road) that leads to Alipiri, the foot of the hills. It is therefore imperative that the State Government recognize the entire seven hills as the sacred abode of Shri Venkateshwara, and ensure that no structure of any other religion is allowed to come up there.

Hindu activists in the region point out that when Ms. Sonia Gandhi violated the rules and entered the sanctum sanctorum of Tirumala Tirupati Devasathanam some years ago, without signing the mandatory declaration for practitioners of other religions; she was facilitated in this outrage by the then TTD executive officer Ajay Kallam. The activists point out that according to the local bush telegraph, Mr. Ajay Kallam and some of his family members converted to Christianity some time ago, and this fact may have some bearing on some of their public actions. For instance, Mr. Kallam sought to auction hundred acres of land belonging to the Hathi Ramji Matham (Tirumala) a year ago, and it was only with difficulty that the auction was eventually cancelled.

The point being made is that it is a terrible sacrilege that State control of Hindu holy sites enables non-Hindus to seize control of major temples and run them according to an undisclosed agenda. Non-believers have infiltrated critical areas of these institutions. It is already a matter of considerable concern that the enormous revenues of Hindu temples in south India are being misused to fund the Hajj subsidy and renovate churches, while temples and priests remain starved of basic funds. Now more than ever before there is need to expedite the return of the temples to the community.

According to field activists, an official scrutiny of lands and properties acquired by evangelical organizations may shed interesting light upon a phenomenon best dubbed as 'colonization through land ownership.' The value of the properties and the costs of the gigantic bureaucracies associated with them would be an eye-opener. It is instructive, for instance, to drive through the Coromandel Coast from Vishakapatnam to Toottukkudi, and observe the plethora of churches proliferating along the route; most are new constructions. A journey to Guntur and Eluru may be similarly instructive.

The Andhra Pradesh Government is a wholly unsuitable custodian of Tirupathi and must be made to surrender control of this holy shrine. Some time ago it condoned the demolition of the 550-year old Thousand Pillar Temple for no good reason. A Government that lacks the sense of the sacrality of the seven hills which have been regarded as a tirthasthanam and devasthanam from time immemorial cannot be allowed to preside over its destiny.

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At 7/29/2005 12:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hindu caste tag sporting convert CM of Andhra Pradesh is on a covert conversion agenda. Because we Hindus are docile these Missionaries and their converts are covertly and overtly engaged in conversion warfare. Will they dare go to a Muslim enclave to preach about their cross dangling weakling ? We need aggressive Hinduism to counter the Desert Religions and their proselytisation agendas. For this we need a HINDU DICTATOR. The Congress party is now a party of converts headed by the Italian.All her close aides are converts - Margaret Alva the bindi sporting convert, Ajit Jogi,Y.S.R.Reddy the Hindu caste tag sporting convert, A.K.Anthony the convert aspiring to be the next President,Oscar Fernandes the Konkani convert from Mangalore. The Congress Party is now the Converts Party. Let the Hindus unite under a FUNDAMENTALIST HINDU so that we can help these converts to RETURN TO THEIR ANCESTRAL RELIGION - SANATANA DHARMA -HINDUISM.

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At 10/07/2005 02:35:00 AM, Blogger Mohan Ramamurthi said...

Believe me, I have read enough mails like this and have always replyed back saying "Can we stop talking (rather talk only ACTION POINTS) and get to the real act.

What is it that we do to get a United Hindu India? I understand that the question is very simple to ask, but let us frame a baseline for the ANSWER. Can we all get together to do something about this conversion and building of these unwanted structures with foreign money called Churches and Mosques?

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At 1/11/2006 02:13:00 PM, Blogger Vinayak said...


Your blog was thought provoking. Your ideas has been echoed around the blog world.

for e.g. I'm not sure if the Kanchi Acharya is to blame in the scandal he has been pushed into.

My thoughts on the issue at ..

What is happening to the Kanchi Acharya ?

Gudia, a Muslim girl and Ramdev ji, a Hindu male !!




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