`Punarpratishta Brahmakalashotsava of Sri Ardhanareeshwara temple performed
Rituals of the re-consecrated temple began on April 26
Madikeri: The former Minister M.C. Nanaiah on Monday said that places of worship in the country had turned "political centres."
He was addressing a gathering at Biligeri, near here, on the occasion of the "Punarpratishta Brahmakalashotsava" rituals of the Sri Ardhanareeshwara temple. "Whether it is a temple, church or a masjid, religious institutions are being converted into places to further political interests. Politicians, pontiffs, men with muscle power are instrumental in plunging the places of worship into such ignominious depths," he said.
Stating that "dharma" (righteousness) was needed in politics, Mr. Nanaiah added a word of caution that it should not be vice-versa. Unscrupulous politicians and vested interests had vitiated peace in the country. It was unfortunate that hapless poor people, socially neglected in the society, were becoming victims of such political foul play, Mr. Nanaiah said.
Coming down on the caste system that created a wedge between people, Mr. Nanaiah said social reformers, saints, were being touted as founders of new cults.
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting M.H. Ambareesh said politics was different from acting. He would be happy to offer financial assistance for the completion of the temple works that was renovated in the recent days. The people of Mandya owed gratitude to the Cauvery, which originates in Kodagu, he said.
The rituals of the re-consecrated temple that is believed to be over 800 years old started here on April 26. Mr. Ambarish was earlier taken round the temple premises by the organisers.
Sri Shantamallikarjuna Swami of Arameri Kalancheri Math said a civilised society could be built on the strong edifice of dharma. Human values needed to be nurtured forever. If values were lost, they could not be restored. Religious events such as this would enhance the values in society.
C.S. Arun Machaiah, MLC, said noted only dharma could save citizens from the ill-effects of modernity.
Senior citizen from Biligeri village N. Mahabaleshwar Bhat presided over the function. A message from Veerendra Heggade of Sri Kshetra Dharmastala was read on the occasion.
Former Minister, M.M.Nanaiah, former MLA from Madikeri D.S. Madappa, planter Vinod Shivappa, KPCC general secretary Mittu Chengappa, president of the Kodagu District Journalists' Association K.K. Shashidharand president of the temple renovation committee Sukumar were among those present.