Hindu outfits, BJP decry row over Makarajyothi

Hindu organisations and BJP in Kerala have resented the debate over whether the `Makarajyothi` of Sabarimala temple was a divine phenomenon or a man-made fire.

Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 20:24 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Hindu organisations and
BJP in Kerala have resented the debate over whether the
`Makarajyothi` of Sabarimala temple was a divine phenomenon or
a man-made fire, arguing that it would amount to transgressing
into the sphere of belief and traditions.
"This unnecessary debate is being triggered by certain
vested interests with ulterior motives and to save the real
culprits responsible for the Pullumedu stampede that claimed
the lives 102 devotees last week," VHP leader Kummanam
Rajasekharan said.

There was no direct link between the Pullumedu tragedy
and the Makarajyothi and a controversy over the latter was
being triggered deliberately with the intention of hurting the
faith of millions of Ayyappa devotees, he said.

Neither Travancore Devaswom Board which manages the hill
shrine nor Hindu forums had ever made claims over Makarajyothi
with the intention of misleading the devotees, Rajasekharan,
also general secretary of Kerala Hindu Aikyavedi Forum, said.

"What is now happening is an unwarranted controversy over
a non-issue. No records or books concerning Sabarimala have
any reference or explanations on the question whether the
Jyothi is natural or man-made," he claimed.
BJP state president V Muraleedharan said this was not a
question to be legally settled and such efforts could only
be seen as encroachment on the realm of belief and traditions.

The Kerala High Court had yesterday asked the Travancore
Devaswom Board to clarify whether the `jyothi` was a celestial
light or a man-made fire.

Millions throng Sabarimala temple every year in January
on the occasion of Makarasamkrama pooja to witness the light
flashing across the eastern skies off the shrine.

While devotees mostly consider it a divine phenomenon,
rationalists have dubbed it as a fraud committed on the
unsuspecting believers with the connivance of the temple
authorities and government agencies.

PTI