Devaswom regrets purification rites

Staff Reporter

Thrissur: The Guruvayur Devaswom on Wednesday expressed regret over purification rites performed at the Guruvayur Sreekrishna temple on May 19 after the visit of Ravi Krishna, son of Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs.

The rites were performed because Mr. Krishna’s mother was a Christian. Mr. Krishna resented the rites and had dashed off a protest letter to the managing committee.

Addressing a press conference at Guruvayur after a meeting of the Devaswom managing committee, chairman Thottathil Ravindran said the rites were unwanted.

“The committee will convey its views to Mr. Krishna. The Devaswom received explanations from the thanthri and temple manager that purification rites were performed when Mr. Krishna visited the shrine seven years ago and he did nothing later to prove he was a Hindu,” Mr. Ravindran said.

The Devaswom would request the Government to enact a legislation to amend the Guruvayur Devaswom Act 1978 in order to restrict the powers of the thanthri.


The Devaswom decided to hold a ‘Devaprasnam.’ Chennas Raman Namboodiripad and Mallissery Parameswaran Namboodiripad did not attend the managing committee meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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