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‘I have prayed at every darga, gurudwara and church,’ Madhavan shuts down troll questioning his religious identity

Madhavan shared this picture wishing his followers on Avani Avittam

Madhavan shared this picture wishing his followers on Avani Avittam   | Photo Credit: Instagram

The actor recently shared a photo with his son Vedaant and his father Ranganathan on the Hindu occasion of ‘Avani Avittam’

Be it breaking the internet with a shower selfie or shutting down trolls, actor R Madhavan sure knows how to navigate his way around social media.

Today, Maddy found himself in the midst of a controversy when he posted a photo of him, his father and son, on the occasion of Avani Avittam on Thursday. The photo soon snowballed into something else, when it grabbed the attention of a user named JIXSA, who noticed a Christian cross in the background and slammed Madhavan for being a ‘fake’ Hindu. The user wrote, “Why do they have a cross in the background? Is that a Mandir? You just lost my respect. Do you find Hindu Gods in Christian churches? All this is fake drama you did today.” Self-proclaimed guardians of Hinduism rallied behind the comment and trolled the actor for his supposed ‘skewed’ secularist beliefs.

However, replying to the thread, Madhavan shut the user down with a written note, reiterating the Tamil saying Yemmadhamum Sammadham. He stated, “I have blessing from the Dargas there too and blessing from all religious places around the world. Some gifted and some bought. My home is home to staff from all faiths and we pray at a common alter. Like any defence personal will tell you, happens in every unit. I have been taught from my very childhood to maintain my identity with pride but at the same time respect each and every faith, belief and region. 'YemmadhamumSammadham' (I respect each religion as my own). I hope my son follows that too.”

 

He added, “I have prayed at every Darga, Gurudwara and Church. I have had the good fortune to visit when a temple was not around. They have shown me utmost love and respect knowing that I am a Hindu. How can I not reciprocate that. All I have is a lot of love and respect to give as my vast travels and experience has proved, is the only true faith. Peace and love to you too (sic)”

On the career front, Madhavan awaits the release of his directorial debut Rockerty: The Nambi Effect, a biography based on the life of Padma Bhushan-awardee Nambi Narayanan.

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