‘Mullaperiyar stir, ‘appam contamination’ grounds for doubt’

There is every reason to suspect a conspiracy by certain vested interests to sabotage the Sabarimala pilgrimage, M.P. Govindan Nair, Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) president, has said.

Mr. Nair was inaugurating a meeting of Ayyappa devotees held as part of the 101st Hindu religious meet at Cherukolpuzha, near Kozhencherry, on Thursday.

The Mullaperiyar agitation during the 2011-’12 pilgrimage season that caused much difficulties to the pilgrims coming from outside Kerala and the propaganda that the Appam prasadam prepared at Sabarimala was contaminated with “highly poisonous’’ fungal infestation at the beginning of the previous pilgrim season amply supported this suspicion, he said.

Mr. Nair said the TDB, with active participation of devotees, would take over those temples that had been in a state of disrepair in the State.

Presiding over the meet, Swami Ayyappadas, president of the Kshetra Samrakshana Samara Samiti, said only 11 acres of the 60-acre forestland allotted to the TDB at Sabarimala had got title deed and the remaining land remained as government land. None of the successive governments in the State had bothered to issue title deed for the remaining land, he said. Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan will inaugurate the Vidyadhiraja Chattampi Swami commemoration meet at 3.30 p.m. on Friday. R. Ramachandran Nair, former Chief Secretary, will preside over the meet.

Swami Bhoomananda Theertha, head of Narayana Thapovanam in Thrissur, will deliver a discourse at 7 p.m.

M. Lakshmikumari, president of Vivekananda Madhom at Kodungalloor, will inaugurate the women’s meet on February 9.

Swamini Jnanabhanishta of Rishijnana Sadhanalayam at Pathanamthitta will preside over the function. Swami Udit Chaitanya, Bhagavathom exponent, will deliver a discourse at 7 p.m.

T.G. Purushothaman Nair, Hindumatha Padhasala Adhyapaka Parishad president, will inaugurate a religious schools’ meet on February 10.

The week-long meet will come to close on Sunday. Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation K.C. Venugopal will inaugurate the valedictory meet at 3 p.m.

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