M K Stalin says no to Srirangam temple entry

DMK working president M K Stalin on Friday accepted the honours given by priests of the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, but declined their invitation to enter the temple.

Published: 23rd June 2018 05:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2018 09:08 AM   |  A+A-

Tiruchy Tamil Nadu DMK working president MK Stalin is given special honour by the priests of Srirangam Renganathar temple in front of its entrance on Friday. (EPS | M K Ashok Kumar)

By Express News Service

TIRUCHY: DMK working president M K Stalin on Friday accepted the honours given by priests of the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple, but declined their invitation to enter the temple. Stalin, who arrived in the city  on Thursday for the party’s minority wing meeting, visited Srirangam to solemnise marriages of two couples in a hall near the temple. Expecting that he would enter the temple and offer prayers, a large number of DMK cadre and media persons gathered at the main entrance of the temple around 7 am on Friday. But Stalin disappointed them and did not enter the temple.

He, however, accepted the honours from a group of priests who were waiting for his arrival. An elephant was also waiting along with a musical troupe. Stalin’s car stopped near the entrance and he got off to accept the honour from priests. He was presented with garlands, fruits and shawls. The elephant offered him a garland and Stalin fed it sugarcane and jaggery.

When the priests invited him to the temple, Stalin excused himself and got into his car. Even as Stalin was on his way, a few residents living in the vicinity of the temple accorded him Poorna Kumbham honours near the Vellai Gopuram. They also raised the land registration issue that has been haunting them for the past 10 years and sought his help.

He then proceeded towards the marriage hall, where he participated in the marriages of the two couples and a ear-piercing ceremony for two children. Speaking at the marriage function, Stalin slammed Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy for his suggestion that the provisions of Cauvery Water Management Authority should be discussed in Parliament.

He said, “A day before assuming office as Chief Minister of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy visited Srirangam and worshipped in the temple. At the time, he said people of both States would live as brothers and sisters.”

Taking a dig at Kumaraswamy for not keeping his word, Stalin said, “Kumaraswamy requires the blessings of the god in Tamil Nadu but he is concerned about the livelihoods of Tamil people.”


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  • Chandramouli Swaminathan

    He was very happy to get honored by the Temple priests but this naasthika does not want to honor The God Ranganatha . Priests honored him for money thrown by this thief at them
    2 years ago reply
  • N Chandrashekar

    Please don't invite these looters into the temple better place for him is a church or a mosque Hindus stand united or else we have to lick these guys foot degrace to the priest and to Hindus
    2 years ago reply
  • Prs

    They only want the temple's money for their merry ways... and these people are your leaders ? Why the special reception ? Is there a protocol established by temples ? He is only an MLA and probably leader of the opposition.
    3 years ago reply
  • Ram

    Tamils are always ruled by outsiders - implicitly or explicitly. They have no thinking of their own - you need imported religion or imported rulers - one of them....
    3 years ago reply
  • swa

    Thiru M.K. Satlin sir, please watch your father's TV serial. MATATTIL PURTCHI CHAIDA MAHAAN. Kalaignar Karunanidhi scripted RAMANUJAR a TV serial on Kalignar TV. He was approaching his 90s when he started scripting. One must listen to the spiritual dialogues in the serial. He was not an atheist as defined and treated in the English language. He was deeply spiritual in the tradition of the soil.
    3 years ago reply
  • Sri Aiyer Raju Sreenivasan

    He was invited with poorna kumbam to have darshan of Sri Ranganathar -- a very honour. But disdainfully
    3 years ago reply
  • kittu

    As a staunch devotee of Lord Ranganathar I thank Stalin in accepting honors outside and avoiding his entry inside Sanctum Sanctorum. He is far better than confusion kamal.
    3 years ago reply
  • Narayan Vaithu

    Pity the temple priests went astray in honoring a person who does not have ANY faith in their GOD or religious activities. It was uncalled f-or ; why this was allowed needs investigation Somebody PAID huge sum for the GRAND INVITE of political leader ? And he rubbed off sandal paste later
    3 years ago reply
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