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Thiruman Issue
Date: Tue Sep 11 2001 - 12:17:16 PDT

You wrote,

Sri Madavakannan Wrote

'Let me again say: It was not changed ThirumaN. On one uthsavam or
possible Sri Ramanuja would have been bedecked with thirumaN and that
picture is available in our homes and in some books. None would
change or
doctor and for what? what do we achieve?'

Respected Sri. Madhaavakannan,

At first, I feel very sorry that you have been pained by the accusation
that you have 'doctored'a Udayavar's photgraph etc, etc...

However, as one who hails near to Kanchi, I wish to state that Udayavar
does not carry
 different Thirumans in different occasions.  It is not a practice in
Indian divyadesams  to change
Thirumans at one's will. To the best I know, Thriuman normally changes for
a temple, only if
they are totally neglected and the other group takes over maintenance of
it by their funds/people. In the recent times happened in Thriumaiyam DD.

Personally, I may choose  to care more on Perumal rather than the Thriuman
he adores.
However, to honor the sentiments of locals, it is better to keep status
quo rather than utilizing funds and people for changing DDs. We have to
take a leaf from Guruparampra prabhavam, where Udayavar did not want to
take over some temples in Kerala because the locals were more devoted to
the Lord though they were Advaitins.

Please apologise if my words are found hurting.


KM Narayanan

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