SUPERSTITIOUS STUDENTS’ ‘ATTACK’ ON HINDU GOD!! (Post No.4841)

Exam Fever- Student devotees inside Sri Mushnam Temple

Written by London Swaminathan 

 

 

Date: 22 MARCH 2018

 

 

Time uploaded in London – 20-46

 

Post No. 4841

Pictures shown here are taken by london swaminathan

 

 

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When I went to India to attend the fifth World Saiva Siddhanta Conference held in Chennai in the first week of March, 2018, I visited a few temples which I had never seen. A friend of mine Ramesh Ramasamy of Chennai gave us some ideas.

 

Casually he mentioned that he used to visit all the Siva Temples the whole night on Shivratri day and to his surprise there was less crowd in all the temples this year. I told him probably it was only his illusion. But he insisted again that the difference in the number of devotees was very visible. I couldn’t give him any reasonable explanation.

 

When we were going in the car it suddenly flashed on my mind that this year Shivaratri fell on Tuesday the 13th February. The next day was St.Valentines day! So now I knew why there was less crowd the previous night. They have already decided to use 14th  night instead of 13th for something else!

Hayagrivar inside Virudhachalam Sivan Temple

This shows that for many, Bhakti or devotion to god is very seasonal or flexible. The reason I am writing about this is, I was surprised to see students’ scribbling on a picture in the Vridhachalam Shiva temple. It was God Hayagreeva’s picture. I told my brother, “what is this nonsense? people even started writing lottery ticket numbers on God’s picture?”. My brother who was the principal of a college told me, “No they are hall ticket numbers of the students. They believe that by writing the hall ticket numbers on the picture would get them good marks since Hayagriva is considered the God of Wisdom and Knowledge!”

 

Hayagriva is considered one of the Avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. There is nothing wrong in believing in the power of Lord Hayagriva—the horse faced God. But writing the hall ticket numbers on the picture of Lord Hayagriva and spoiling the temple painting is a wrong thing.

I also saw lot school students frequenting Sri Mushnam Vishnu (Bhuvaraha) temple. Then only I realised that it was Exam time in Tamil Nadu. A group of girls were going from one shrine to another with great devotion. Like elders looking for a short cut to solve their problems, youngsters also try to get good marks in the easy way.

Sivan Temple, Virudhachalam

What to do next?

Temple authorities must erect some fence or barrier around Goddess Sarasvati and Hayagriva. I saw this in Sri mushnam temple as well.

 

–subham–

 

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