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Anti-Hindu DMK Ban On 500 Yr Old Saivite Pattina Pravesam Tradition

Author: Radha Thevar 
Publication: Bharatvoice.in
Date: May 4, 2022
URL:      https://bharatvoice.in/politics/anti-hindu-dmk-ban-on-500-yr-old-saivite-pattina-pravesam-tradition.html

The DMK government under Stalin’s leadership has been consistently suppressing religious rights of Hindus in Tamil Nadu ever since it came to power in May last year. In its latest anti-Hindu move, the DMK government has brazenly banned the centuries old tradition of Pattina Pravesam of the legendary Saivite Dharmapuram Adheenam Math in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu. Pattina Pravesam, literally means entry of the Guru in his Pattinam or city is more than 500 years old tradition. This ritual is practised not only in Dharmapuram Adheenam but also in Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam.It is a ten day long spiritual festival where the Guru is venerated as Bhagwan, in fact in Vedic traditions devotion to Guru comes before one’s dedication to Bhagwan. In this festival, the devotees place their Guru on a palanquin and carry him in a joyous celebration as a mark of respect to the Guru. The devotees who carry the palanquin of the Guru hail from across all Jatis and do so voluntarily and joyously. Far from any compulsion, every devotee of the Matham considers it as his privilege to participate in the festival by carrying the Guru to celebrate and venerate his piety in Vedic Saivite traditions.

The palanquin bearers reside in the Adheenam Muth.. The disciples of Adheenam will also carry the ark and they hold it as a matter of pride and all devotees across Tamil Nadu and beyond attend this festival. The devotees do not think of the Adheenam priests as human beings, but as their mother, father, guru and deity.

This year, on 22.5.2022, the District Revenue Department reportedly banned this festival slated on the 8th of May at the Dharmapuram Aadheenam Pallak. For centuries this festival has been observed without any breakage for centuries together. Even during British rule, this festival of carrying the Adheenam in the palanquin was never banned.

The district revenue department’s ban on the festival in Dharmapuram Adheenam Pallak has caused grief, anguish and fierce opposition not only among the local people, but has created a pan Hindu uproar across Tamil Nadu. Aware of the government’s ban, the 72 palanquin bearers who have been living in Adheenam Math for so many years and look forward to this festival are aggrieved. They have petitioned the government to lift the ban on the age-old tradition. Dharmapuri Adheenam has donated 60 acres of land to the government to build hospitals, police stations, colleges and government offices.

The unassailable fundamental right to freedom of religion under Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution of India, protects the Dharmapuram Adheenam Pattina Pravesam festival and any ban on it is illegal and unsustainable in any court of law.

The present DMK government has been openly attacking Hinduism, Hindus, temples and Hindu customs. They have demolished almost 260 temples across Tamilnadu since they assumed power. They have occupied temple lands and taken over temple properties. They have driven away the traditional archakas from.the temples and placed their half baked archakas by playing caste politics and using muscle and money power.

The DMK government was upset with the Governor meeting the Adheenam and waiting for an opportunity to harass the Adheenam out of vendetta. In spite of the Adheenam.praising the present government as spiritual one, the DMK government has shown its true colour of being an enemy of Hjndus by banning the festival. They banned the tradition by preposterously claiming the practice is against human rights, in fact the contrary is true.

The attack on the Adheenam is mainly because the institution has stood like a bulwark against the Christian conversion mafia and the crypto-Christians who in the 1980 spread fake narratives of obscene Saivism and tried to misappropriate Saivism traditions to fraudulently convert people in mass scale in Tamil Nadu.

The pontiff of the Adheenam, has issued a statement that the DMK government is threatening to take over the land and properties of the Adheenam. He urged the central government, PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to intervene as he is now reportedly facing death threats from unscrupulous goonda elements of DMK/DK.   

Now the other Adheenams like Thiruvadudurai and Madurai Adheenam have come in support of the festival and are standing firmly in support of Mayiladuthurai Adheenam. DMK party has never been a supporter of Hindus and especially they keep targeting Hindu festivals and gurus. Their fight is always against the deep rooted traditions of Tamil.Hindu culture. Their Dravidianist anti-Hindu ideology has always been the cause for destroying many Adheenams, Muths, gurus and saints. They systematically target and wreck the traditional systems and customs that exist in Hinduism so that it never helps the Hindus to unite and aid the Church mafia for conversion.

This case is one such which exposes the rabid anti Hindu agenda of the DMK.

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Author: Alka Dhupkar
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 2, 2022
URL:      https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/loudspeaker-lessons-for-india-from-a-maharashtra-village/articleshow/91259002.cms

The villagers of Barad have passed a resolution to stop the use of loudspeakers

Barad shows that strong-arm tactics are not needed to curb noise pollution; a simple matter of sitting across a table and discussing can do wonders

Barad is a biggish village in Nanded district of Maharashtra with a population of around 15,000. It is roughly 20km from Nanded city. Over time, the village has prospered and places of worship, among other buildings, have been renovated.

The village has 15 religious places — 12 Hindu temples and a place of worship each for Buddhist, Jain and Muslim communities. In some neighbourhoods, these religious places are in close proximity. No problem there.

It was only when these places started using loudspeakers to broadcast sermons, aartis and bhajans that the problem started. It became a veritable Tower of Babel — all noise and confusion.

“Since five in the morning, we used to play songs. In some places, one couldn’t hear the other’s songs or for that matter what was played in our temple,” says Suresh Deshmukh, a trustee of the local Hanuman temple.

For days on end, farmer Sharad Kawle’s 80-year-old grandmother couldn’t get a peaceful night’s sleep because of the rampant use of loudspeakers in the village.

But all this is in the past now. In charged times like these, Barad stands out as a model of communal harmony. Back in 2018, the villagers unanimously decided to remove loudspeakers from all religious places.

So, what happened in 2018?

According to deputy sarpanch Balasaheb Shankarao Deshmukh, sometime in December 2017, a Ganesh temple was using loudspeakers to broadcast maha aarti and a Buddha vihar nearby was playing religious songs. This went on till late at night.

“Groups from both sides started raising voices against each other, asking that the volume be lowered. Harmony in the village was completely disturbed,” he says. “Somehow we managed to cool tempers, but the tension simmered.”

But this wasn’t the only incident. A local school kept complaining about noise pollution to the Shiva temple trust and others in their area. The students couldn’t concentrate on studies because there was a kind of competition in using loudspeakers till late night and early mornings among all the religions.

The villagers were fed up. Some of them met after the tension escalated between Buddha and Ganpati followers. During a meeting with the local police, they discussed the proposal of removing all loudspeakers.

Thereafter, the villagers held a meeting with all the religious groups separately. Everybody accepted that the use of loudspeakers was a cause for concern and social discord. The religious trusts said if it was mandatory for all religious groups then they would also stop using loudspeakers.

After the consultations, a special gram sabha was called and a unanimous resolution was passed.

The villagers agreed to use sound boxes instead of loudspeakers. The only caveat: the volume of the sound box should be maintained at a pre-mandated level so the sound does not go beyond the walls of the holy place.

The gram panchayat has already installed around 40 small sound boxes for local announcements such as deaths, vaccination or other government programmes.

After the noise, peace

Yogesh Ratnparakhi, who runs Om Sai Coaching Classes in Barad, says, “In my centre, there are around 100 students and I can’t tell you how happy we all are that the loudspeakers have finally stopped. Earlier, students would use unending noise as an excuse not to study. Now, they properly focus on studies.”

Kiran Mahajan, a trustee of Chandra Prabhu Digambar Jain temple, says, “Ours is a private temple that is open to the public. We too had installed a loudspeaker because others installed it too. But after the removal of loudspeakers, we didn’t lose any devotees. Loudspeakers actually don’t matter.”

Sharad Kawle, the farmer, says, “Many of us in this village are followers of the Varkari bhakti movement. I believe that your religious activity should not disturb others. Keep it personal, so we all supported this proposal.”

His views are echoed by Sardar Sattar Khan Pathan of Jama Masjid in Barad. “We respect festivals of all communities. The kind of communal harmony we have maintained would not have been possible with loudspeakers at each religious place in the village.”

According to Vasant Lalme, a trustee of the Shiva temple, loudspeakers are not essential for singing bhajans or kirtans. “Devotion is a very personal feeling. It can be attained without loudspeakers. We have proved it.”

Model village

Deputy sarpanch Deshmukh, however, is disappointed that his village has not been given due recognition for the innovative solution to the menace of unchecked loudspeakers. The village doesn’t encourage the use of loudspeakers even for political rallies, weddings or other celebrations.

In other ways, too, Barad can be touted as a model village. It has received state awards for cleanliness and drinking water distribution management, open defecation-free status, success of ‘tanta mukti’ yojana (a scheme to clear local disputes at the village level) and other achievements.

The village has 20 CCTV cameras, which have helped curb theft, sexual harassment and other crimes. The village has developed a proper watershed system; a dormitory near a rural hospital is a unique feature of the village. It has also built a hostel for girl students, it has a zilla parishad school, multiple anganwadis, among other facilities.

As the noise over the use of loudspeakers at religious places grows louder and various state governments are using strong-arm tactics, perhaps it is Barad’s use of consultation that stands out more than its other achievements.