By V Sundaram
An atheistic and anti-Hindu DMK government has taken over the Chidambaram temple with rational Dravidian delight. We have a Chief Minister who took special delight in saying ‘Hindu means thief’.
Thus spoke Karunanidhi, the great Tamil scholar and the sole leader of all Tamils in the universe and beyond. To back his discovery, he invoked Periyar, who we all know, is the sole repertoire and indeed the fountainhead of all such absurdities bordering on banalities and beyond. Later he had the temerity to ask: ‘Who is Lord Rama? Where did he take his engineering degree from?’ The official take-over of the Chidambaram Temple by the government of Tamilnadu has shocked and outraged the conscience of millions and millions of Hindus all over the world.
In WP No. 18248 of 2006 and MP Nos. 1/06, 1/07, MP Nos. 2/2006 and 1/2008 in which Sri Sabanayagar Temple, represented by secretary of Podu Dikshidars, Chidambaram was the petitioner and the State of Tamilnadu and some others were the respondents, the Madras High Court have issued Orders to the following effect on 2-2-2009:
* WP No. 18248/2006 filed by Secretary of Podu Dikshidar, Chidambaram is dismissed.
* The 2nd Respondent shall issue appropriate direction to the Executive Officer Mr R Jayachandran or the present Executive Officer to administer Sri Sabanayagar Temple, Chidambaram in accordance with the provisions of HR&CE Act and the Appendix to the Office Proceedings No 52754/82/L1 dated 5-8-1997 within a period of 1 week from the date of receipt of copy of this order.
* The Writ Petitioner Podu Dikshidars shall render all cooperation to the Executive Officer in the proper administration of the temple in accordance with the Rules stipulated in the Appendix to the Office Proceedings No.52754/82/L1 dated 5-8-1987.
The famous Nataraja or Adavallan Temple at Chidambaram is in South Arcot District, Chit and Ambalam (the atmosphere of wisdom) is a public temple of great antiquity sacred to Saivites all over India. According to the South Arcot Manual of the year 1878, the area occupied by the temple is about 39 acres in the centre of the town. Of the five Lingams of Shiva, corresponding to the Panchbhutas: Earth, water, Light, Air and Akasa (Ether), the Lingam in this Temple is Akasa Lingam. In fact, no lingam exists but a curtain is hung before a wall on which some Beejaksharas were written and when people go to worship the curtain is withdrawn to see the lingam. Offerings are made before the curtain. This is generally known as ‘Chidambara Rahasyam’, the secret of Chidambaram. The Manual on page 401 refers to a legend going back to the fifth Manu, one of whose sons Swetha Varma was a leper and refused to rule over the country, the Kingdom of Gouda allotted to him by his father. Leaving his kingdom he went on a pilgrimage and came to Kancheepuram where he met a hunter who informed him that there was a famous Rishi nearby with tiger’s paws who lived in a jungle near a ‘Kovil’ where an invisible deity dwelt. Near the Kovil there was also a pool. Swetha Varma out of inquisitiveness met the Rishi who was called Vyagrapada. With his divine foresight the Rishi came to know of the arrival of Swetha Varma and asked him to bathe in the pool. Thereupon, the dreadful disease vanished and his skin obtained a golden hue. In consequence he was known thereafter as Hiranya Varma.
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In my considered view, this planned political attack on Chidambaram Temple and its sudden take-over by government brings to my mind the sad and savage story of Islamic Jihad in I History from 712 AD to 1761 AD. Will Durrant, in his internationally acclaimed book ‘THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION’, has stated: ‘The Islamic conquest of I is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any time be overthrown by barbarians invading from outside or multiplying within’. The Chidambaram Temple which has withstood the onslaught of several centuries has now become a Branch Office of the government. Sordid and petty men dressed in brief authority might be gloating over their temporary victory. The Due Process of Law is not yet complete and I have no doubt whatsoever that the Podu Dikshidars of Sri Sabanayagar Temple will ultimately get their due justice in keeping with the time-honoured principles of equity and natural justice even at the Level of the Divisional Bench of the Madras High Court itself.
The wicked attitude of the Tamilnadu government brings to my mind the timeless wisdom contained in the following Aesop’s Fable: ‘A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him.’ He thus addressed him: ‘Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.’ ‘Indeed,’ bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, ‘I was not then born.’ Then said the Wolf, ‘You feed in my pasture.’ ‘No, good sir,’ replied the Lamb, ‘I have not yet tasted grass.’ Again said the Wolf, ‘You drink of my well.’ ‘No,’ exclaimed the Lamb, ‘I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.’ Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, ‘Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.’ AN ANTI-HINDU TYRANT WILL ALWAYS FIND A PRETEXT FOR HIS TYRANNY.