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Re: Plight of our Divya Desams!
Date: Sun Apr 08 2001 - 19:50:58 PDT

srImathE rAmAnujAya namah

srI aravind gOpAlan wrote

> There
> it seems recently they have allowed for a cine gang
> to
> barge in for shooting!!!!  The cine gang had left
> the
> tea, coffee cups and paper plates( Non-Veg
> items.....)
> scattered at the place when they called it a day! 

A similar incident occured in kAnchipuram a few 
weeks back. dEvAthirAjan goes to a place called
thennEri, where He enjoys theppOtsavam. He returns
in the night back to the temple. While He was away,
there was a cinema shooting (thanks to policies
that allow anyone who pays 5000 rs. to obtain
permission for shooting etc..) at the maNdapam
just outside the thAyAr sannadhi.

Needless to say, the place was left a mess, with
coffee cups, cigarette butts etc.. all over the place.
and some eyewitnesses saying that the crew did
not even observe the minimum code of conduct in a

When perumAl came back, the sthalaththArs did not
take perumAL back inside the temple, till the
place was cleaned and some sort of puNyAhavacanam
Also, there was a publicity campaign in the
newspapers the next day re: this incident.

The result was that the Assistant Commissioner 
(the Executive officer in charge of the temple) was
placed on suspension pending enquiry.

This proves that if there is local interest, and
if the local people take interest in the affairs of
the temple, then even if unreasonable things happen,
it is quickly brought under control.

My request to all of you on this list is this -
If you know of anyone who lives near or in a
divyadEsam, please ask them to get involved; ask 
them to take interest in the affairs of the temple,
and if something goes wrong, ask them to stand
up against it; Without local involvement, 
there is no way the divya dEsams will be run

AzhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam,

adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan,
thirumalai anandAnpiLLai varadhan

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