Cong for avoiding open debate on `Makarajyothi`

Congress in Kerala said it would be better to avoid an open debate on the `Makarajyothi` of Sabarimala temple.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 18:54 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress in Kerala on Saturday said it would be better to avoid an open debate on the `Makarajyothi` of Sabarimala temple since it was connected to belief, devotion and tradition of millions of people.

"It is always better avoid hair-splitting analyses of issues of devotion and belief. There are many customs and traditions associated with various Hindu, Muslim and Christian places of worship. Even courts mostly refrain from interering in religious beliefs and tradtions", KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala said.

The debate whether the `Makarajyothi` of the Lordy Ayyappa shrine is celestial or man-made had gained momentum with the Kerala High Court recently asking the Tranvancore Devaswom Board to come out with a clarification on this.
Chennithala said it was regrettable that there had often been attempts by certain quarters to tarnish the glory of Sabarimala as one of India`s largest pilgrim centres.

The Congress leader said the LDF Government alone was responsible for the Pullumedu stampede in which 102 Ayyappa pilgrims were killed.

Primarily it was the responsibility of the state government to ensure the safety of millions of pilgrims coming to the hillshrine.
What was happening now was that Police, Forest and the temple board were blaming each other for such a huge tragedy. This itself showed that there had been serious lapse on the part of the government, Chennithala added.

PTI