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Sabarimala issue: No-donation campaign hits Devaswom Boards hard

A call not to offer money to temples was first made by former TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan.

Published: 22nd October 2018 05:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2018 05:17 AM   |  A+A-

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Sabarimala shrine. (Photo | BP Deepu/ EPS)

Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is feeling the heat of devotees’ ire after it decided not to file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in the Sabarimala case.
Highly-placed sources in the TDB told Express that the revenue in temples has fallen by around 40 per cent after the TDB’s decision. Other Devaswom Boards in the state too are devising strategies to counter the campaign to avoid monetary offerings to temples.  

A call not to offer money to temples was first made by former TDB president Prayar Gopalakrishnan. He is in the forefront of the devotees’ protests against allowing women in the 10-50 age group to the shrine.
Instead of money, Prayar exhorted devotees to deposit paper pieces with the writing “Swami Saranam” in the offering boxes. Prayar told Express that his request was a peaceful mode of protest against the TDB stand.

TDB officials said in several temples offering boxes were jammed with paper pieces. “It is almost sure that the revenue at Sabarimala would see a drop owing to the protests. The campaign has affected revenue at other temples as well,” they said.    

Cochin Devaswom Board president M K Sudarsan said the current false campaign was a continuation of the Sangh Pariwar’s malicious propaganda to defame the Devaswom Boards. “Devotees have fallen in their trap in some places like the Mayannoor temple where offering boxes were filled with paper scripts,” he said.

Sudarsan said the Board has started awareness programmes to counter the false campaigns. “Already, the Devaswom Boards are dependent on government grant to bridge the revenue expenditure gap. Such campaigns would put the life of over 3,000 staff under the CDB at stake,” he said.

The “no-donation” campaign, if succeeds, would be the fourth setback to the Malabar Devaswom Board in a row. The Board is struggling hard to increase its revenue which was hit by the demonetisation, Nipah and floods, said MDB president O K Vasu.

“We will not allow the campaign to gain momentum. I will lead the campaign against the Sangh Parivar-backed move to decrease the Board’s revenue,” he said.The Nipah scare and the recent floods severely affected the revenue of MDB temples, Vasu said. “There was a drop of five lakh muttaravu vazhipadu (an offering) at the Kadampuzha temple alone,” he added.



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  • Ck murali

    Why don't the government hands off from TDB and hand over to the priests and believers to run the temples like many other smaller temples
    3 years ago reply
  • Mamdhata

    Really? If Devaswom Boards are loss making entities
    3 years ago reply
  • Karthik R

    The practice of government taking over places of religious worship should be stopped. It should be run as trust with stringent audits.
    3 years ago reply
  • Sarvesh

    Salute to the kerala devotees.
    3 years ago reply
  • 's murali

    Right decision by the devotees. It should spread to other southern states as well. Why should Hindus fund others .
    3 years ago reply
  • JAYAN DIVAKARAN

    This will not effect the Communist government much This pathetic government is doing viscious plans to charge EVERY pilgrim visiting SHABARI MALA like how we visit a Zoo So this way Even if you don't out money into the Hundi these Rascals will get their money Modi is surely behind this game and he is using Vijayan like a coin...
    3 years ago reply
    • latha

      The atheist commie Govt has illegally stopped all private vehicles & forced even old women & children to use the inconvenient Govt run buses & increased the fair abnormally. Passes have to be taken to visit the temple. Not sure whether they charge for it. Pamba is full of disease germs. Pathetic management. Both the dEwasom & Govt are anti devotees.
      3 years ago reply
  • Manohar

    Right decision by Devotee, Some Board member are acting like Communist DNA. Main draw back to Board not filling PIL against SC verdict.
    3 years ago reply
  • A.Srinivasan

    Unique way of protest by the unique people. They always do constructive damage
    3 years ago reply
  • Jithesh

    100% right decision....god doesnt need money......
    3 years ago reply
  • Sivadas Ramakrishnapillai

    The kaniyka is used against devotees and for funding government revenue.Please stop offering in cash .Bhagawanu paise venda
    3 years ago reply
  • Anand

    Noble and wise decision and let this campaign be thru out india as temple revenue is the main source of corruption and mismanagement by the political thugs. In kerala it is gaining momentum and instead of dropping money and offering vazhipadu
    3 years ago reply
  • Swaminathan Krishnakumar

    I agree to suggestion Hindus should unite without any political interference and manage the temple
    3 years ago reply
  • Kumar

    This movement should not be restricted to Kerala. Spread it to all over India. God wants bhakti not money. He is our provider
    3 years ago reply
  • Kumar

    With all the money what all the welfare work done so far. Nothing which is impressive. Keep up the good work of NOT DONATING. It is not sangh movement...it is our conscience.
    3 years ago reply
  • vishnu

    Bribing god is also a superstition.I won't donate to devasom board temples.
    3 years ago reply
  • Soma

    Pinnam Vijan already told in the press meet
    3 years ago reply
  • Ponnambalam SB

    Governments and Devaswom boards should get out of Hindu Temple Administration. I pray the 'No donation' campaign succeeds not only in Kerala but also in other States where the Governments are meddling in Temple management.
    3 years ago reply
    • M Krishna Prasad

      Make it an all India movement everybody will support. Let we Hindus teach the society and our government a good lesson.let temple funds be used only for Hindu schools and cause.
      3 years ago reply
  • sastry

    Perfect way of repsonding to the atheist communist.These people are hell bent on diverting the funds to missionaries.These people want to break all the hindu traditions.
    3 years ago reply
  • prashanth

    They hit the place where it pains more
    3 years ago reply
  • Ganpat

    Any type of new strategy to attract money from devotees is not going to help. After the TDB decision not to file a review petition has exposed the role of these Devoswam boards in protecting the tradition and culture. Devotees are in no mood to get deceived by any of their new ideas.
    3 years ago reply
  • NKSA

    Leave the temples Commies. Hindus can manage their Temples and its properties. We don't need Devaswom Boards and Endowments departments. When chruches and mosques are not controlled by government
    3 years ago reply
  • adarsha badrinath

    Bravo...I am happy that the past President of TDB has asked all devotees to not fill the coffers of the shrine with money
    3 years ago reply
    • latha

      He had given Rs 1200 cr as per his admission & till today they have neither accounted to this money nor to an money satisfactorily. Most of the dEvaswom members are Christians & Sabarimalai temple land is given to construct numerous churches. They don't do anything. Then why do they give huge salaries to 6000 employees ? The Devaswom says it pays 6000 employees
      3 years ago reply
  • adarsha badrinath

    Bravo...I am happy that the past President of TDB has asked all devotees to not fill the coffers of the shrine with money
    3 years ago reply
  • B

    teach these frauds a lesson. dont donate anything till they give back our temples to us
    3 years ago reply
  • Gurudas Shenoy

    Good counter the Left Govt & strangle them economically Show them that their ideology is defeating & useless Starve them of funds then they will prostrate Nice strategy Keep it on
    3 years ago reply
  • Vinod Kumar

    The problem with not donating to temples is
    3 years ago reply
  • Mohan Nair

    Commie athiest talking about Hindu Gods
    3 years ago reply
  • afd

    Time for #NoDonation campaigns in all religious institutions. Why give to a God who gives?!
    3 years ago reply
  • Prasenjit Dasgupta

    what a waste of money feed the poor instead Lord Ayyappa will be more pleased it is so moronic to think that someone as great as Lord Aiyappa stays only in Sabrimala Isn't God omnipresent. Wake up !!!!
    3 years ago reply
    • latha

      Agree with you.
      3 years ago reply
    • NKSA

      The why does government want to run Devaswom boards and control them? Do you say the same thing to chruches and mosques which are under government?
      3 years ago reply
  • Ravi

    Good decision by devotees
    3 years ago reply
  • Kumara Nair Gopala

    When non believers lead
    3 years ago reply
  • Sekar deena

    These boards are intent for revenue for their interedt of people only not focus much for public or infrastructues of it spreads other states they may realize thw importance of public onvolvement instead their own decision ..as well to avoid misuse of their power and let the property of temple being misused.. especiallt TN sldo sjould realize it
    3 years ago reply
  • loki

    Who made him the MDB president
    3 years ago reply
  • TAMIL ARASAN

    Shame on those devasam board members to call this peaceful protest Sang Parivar agenda...if you people can't maintain the sanity of temples then why you need money from temple undial..? Devasam board staff members should be in forefront in agitation but sadly you people are abusing the peaceful devoties for not giving you alms...!!
    3 years ago reply
  • Rahul Singh

    good !!!! these boards have flouted core norms of temple worship and yet want money from devotees
    3 years ago reply
  • Keraleeyan

    Devotees offering donation for keeping temple rituals and its sanctity. Here
    3 years ago reply
  • chandrakanth

    I think Kerala Govt LDF/UDF should concentrate on governing and not wasting time and energy on frivolous matter. Most of them were doing such things only for the last 5-6 decades. 1. store rain water and conserve water bodies 2. make 365 days motor able world class roads 3. crime detection and justice 4. more important
    3 years ago reply
  • s sitaraman

    TDB Pl see the writing on the wall.Do not invite the ire of devotees.Pl do not tinker with centuries old practices based on Faith. Women who have never been to any major temple in Kerala and elsewhere are now trying to enter sabarimala just for publicity .And a muslim woman also!
    3 years ago reply
    • Mahesh

      TDB ... stand for the devotees faith... dont tag the cpi line... devotees will feed the hungry & poor directly... they dont need you... you need them... The Lord Swami will be happy when he sees the poor ...hungry ...& needy being helped by the devotees... & will surely bless them
      3 years ago reply
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