Monday, December 17, 2012

Hindu 'temples' demolished? But why?

Note: This posting is not supporting demolishing exercise of any Hindu places of worships. I'm not siding the party that builds or party that demolishes, nor I'm aligned to any party in case you're wondering. However, I'm writing with questions running in mind, hoping to find sensible answers, if any. Views expressed here are personal, accept and reject at your own will. Thanks.

Before we get into the 'matter', let's analyse some basic terms used for places of worship in Hinduism. 

A Mandir, Kovil , Devalayam, Deul or a Hindu temple is a place of worship for followers of Hinduism. A characteristic of most temples is the presence of murtis (statues) of the Hindu deity to whom the temple is dedicated. They are usually dedicated to one primary deity, the presiding deity, and other deities associated with the main deity. (click to read further)

Hinduism is notable for its emphasis on home worship. Most Hindus have a shrine at home, which is also called altar. (click to read further)

Now matter-ku varuvom. "Sepang-il Hindu kovil idikkapatathu, ellorum atthiramaga tirandu varungel!!". You would have already heard about this and seen how simple matter can be blown out of proportion and made into a political issue between parties involved.

I know the matter is still simmering and many are harping on the issue to get some media mileage. While this was going on, yesterday I saw another 'news' of 100 years old temple to be demolished. Quick search revealed this 'ancient temple'.

My curiosity made me to write this piece with few questions on the above.
  1. Was there any permission/approval sought from the neighbors, authorities like local council / fire department? If yes, where's proof of application?
  2. Why build illegal structure outside the home and term it temple? If its a temple, who is the moolavar and are pujas done according to proper Hindu customs & rites?
  3. When even a small renovation to kitchen or balcony at private property must be properly planned and approval sought from local authorities, why went ahead and build the structure first?
  4. What if his neighbors builds a bigger structure on both sides of his house and start to do things that may disturb his life at home? Will he complain to the authorities?
  5. Why the need for a 'temple' in every home? A shrine or altar can do the same, inside the house.
  6. If we Hindus regard temple as sacred, why must everyone to simply erect any structure and call it a temple without respect to the design, construction and rules of a proper temple?
  7. In the event of a fire in the house, if the structure hampers firefighters from helping him, who will he blame then?

More questions:
  1. More than 100 years old temple is not even registered, why?
  2. Were there any application for land made during all those years? Proof?
  3. The ancient temple's 'committee' can only build a wooden & zinc structure over 100 years period? Seriously?
  4. Why only now political party's are jumping on the issue, when over the years there were hundreds of shrines may have been cleared in many states? Where were they at that time?

Who's at fault? Who to blame? Who is the victim? Who is the opportunist? There are many other questions running in my mind on this issue. 

While reading more articles, I found this news which earned the guy massive brickbats, but his points makes sense to me : "Failure of the Malaysia Hindu Sanggam (MHS) to explain how and where the temples and shrines can be constructed was the reason why Hindus in the country are building such places of worship according to their whims and fancies." 

He said MHS, as an influential religious body, should not encourage construction of shrines or temples at houses. "Running religious classes alone is not enough. MHS must initiate a large-scale awareness campaign to tell Hindus about their own religion. It would be better if MHS comes out with a declaration stopping people from building places of worship in their house compound,” said Thiruvengadam.

A temple for me is a sacred place, it should not be build without proper care, in a private premise. Thanks for reading.

Nam Hindu mathatai naameh sirumai padutha vendam. Valipaadu talanggalai katti athai vazhinadattha sila poorvigha vazhimuraigal undu. Vittuku munpuram seruppu veikum idathilum, naai padukum idathillum, kusiniku pinnal kuppai kottum idathilum 'kovilgal' yena kuri kudaram katta tevei illei. Nam panpaadu, kalachaaram matrum aanmiga valarchiyai olukkathudan todarvom.


  1. what you are saying is true , now days hindu temple has become source of income for certain people ...... anyone can build temple use it as their center for a lot of nonsense things .... stop build temple everywhere ... god is everywhere that doesn't mean we can make prayer room in toilet ... we already have enough temple in malaysia if really have money use it for charity , bring up our youth , upgrade our indian community can do a lot good thing that can gain pooniyum ... think wise cause of some people's gain they using an old sentiment and breaking us a part ....

    1. I Agree with you Mr. Gopi, those days there's a deep meaning in Temple structures and Deities, they design it for a purpose, to help clean our Aura and Energy Body, there was a Healing Angels too in each and every Temples, now they're all gone forever cause they so pure.

      Sas, That was a good one ( A: Stupid = Who)

      Namba unnum 500 varusam karthurukuno pole.

      Makkal Nesan

  2. Sadly, There's is an dangerously increasing trend of having temple-like structures in houses just like a mini temples. Basically I find that these kind of people may not agree to temple worship and thus want to do things their own way.

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