Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The Supreme Court as supreme vandal – Radha Rajan

Radha Rajan“The rape of the Tiruvananthapuram temple has proved that anyone, just anyone can go to our courts and make any silly complaint, any outrageous demand about Hindu temples and if the judges see a grand opportunity to grandstand their secular credentials, they will jump into the case both feet first.” – Radha Rajan 

Supreme Court of IndiaJudges of our High Courts and the Supreme Court have sent the unambiguous signal to the people of the country that there is nothing sacred about Hindu Gods, Hindu temples, Hindu traditions and customs; and also that Hindu sensibilities can and will be wounded with impunity. Muslim, Christian and Hindu judges, while treading watchfully and even solicitously whenever cases involving the Abrahamic faiths have come up before them, however have proved to be serial offenders when it comes to dealing with Hindus.

Majestic, historic temples or street temples, our courts have either proactively vandalised them or benignly condoned their defilement; breaking open the underground vaults of the Sree Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple in Tiruvananthapuram upon orders from the Supreme Vandal being the latest instance of judicial malafide against Hindu temples.

Sri PadmanabhaswamyA plague upon the lawyer who asked for it and a plague upon the judiciary which provided legal armour for the sacrilege.

Neither the Generic Church nor its vital component, the Supreme Court of India should delude themselves about the permanence of the serenity on the face of the presiding deity of the hoary Thiruvananthapuram temple or about his languid posture; the general calm with which the vast majority of Hindu bhaktas around the world have watched the Supreme Court’s act of defilement is as deceptive as the smile on Bhagwan’s face.

When a temple is built in accordance with Agama the entire temple and all its contents belong to the presiding deity and are inviolable. Every grain of sand, every drop of water, the temple pond, the garden, the trees, every stone, every blade of grass belongs to the deity and that is why no bhakta will take away anything from the temple except that which has been offered to him as prasad.

How can the underground vaults of the Sree Ananathapadmanabhaswamy temple be an exception? Or the wealth of the Tirupathi temple, or the wealth of Tamil Nadu’s temples?

Even the temple elephant holds the exalted position of a little god. If the elephant is male, he will bear the same name as the deity and if the elephant is female she will bear the name of the consort of the presiding deity.

This extraordinary discipline cannot be undermined by India’s perverted ‘secular’ polity or by the judges of our High Courts and the Supreme Court.

It is an article of every Hindu’s deep-rooted civilizational values that there is nothing within a temple which is not sacred, which does not belong to the deity and which is not the deity itself. Even structural changes to the temple, however small may therefore not be undertaken without consulting our Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varmaacharyas, agama scholars and important bhaktas who serve the deity and temple.

In this case the Supreme Court, had there been even an iota of good intention in its motives, ought to have sought the advice and views of the incumbent king of the Travancore royal family whose self-definition is Padmanabhadasa or First Servant of the Bhagwan and who is the traditional custodian of the temple and the Bhagwan’s trustee before ordering the vaults to be opened.

Judges R.V. Raveendran and A.K. Patnaik of the Supreme Court who ordered the vaults to be opened thumbed their noses at temple tradition, disregarded the call of dharma and disrespected Hindu sensitivities. The King of Travancore (it is not for Gandhi, Nehru or upstart inheritors of their political mantle to de-legitimise Hindu kings and kingdoms) was not consulted nor were his views solicited or respected.

Jama Masjid, New DelhiIt is extremely doubtful if these judges or any other judge in the country would have dared to order the vaults of any insignificant church or mosque to be so opened; forget Santhome Cathedral or the Jamma Masjid. The colonial British government in 1909 and Gandhi-Nehru anti-Hindu polity which continues to hold sway in the country since 1947, broke the back of Hindu resistance and Hindu organizations have failed so far to put the steel back in the Hindu spine.

The writer is convinced that it is the pervasive and deeply rooted irreligiosity among Hindus in important public and political institutions combined with the deliberate and systemic removal of Hindu religious symbols from public spaces which lie at the root of Hindu helplessness.

Anil & Mukesh AmbaniN.R. Narayana MurthyM.K. Gandhi, Justice Markandey Katju, Justices Raveendran and Patnaik, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, Pranab Mukherjee, Arnab Goswami, Infosys Narayanab Murthy, Mukesh Ambani and innumerable others exemplify the malaise. These may (or even may not) be practicing Hindus in the secrecy of their homes but their secretive religiosity does not serve the Hindu cause and only encourages systemic abuse of Hindu sensibilities.

In times of crisis for Hindu dharma and religion, these individuals either extend proactive support to such acts of sacrilege or even if they know such acts to be grossly wrong, they maintain studied public silence because they are dependant on the goodwill of incumbent governments and are intimidated by Contempt of Court; this too does not serve the Hindu cause.

This begs the question – do these individulas want to serve the Hindu cause? In sharp contrast to important Hindus who are afraid to assert their Hindu identity in the public domain, important Muslims and Christians make no effort to subdue their religious identity and in fact stretch their every nerve to use their positions to either undermine Hindus and Hindu dharma or proacitvely serve their religion.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy TempleHindu society has always been let down by its English-educated social, political and religious leadership.

To put it bluntly, the vaults of the temple and the contents of the vaults are not separate from Bhagwan Ananthapadmanabhaswamy. When the Supreme Court ordered the vaults to be broken open, this was akin to the judiciary laying its irreverend and unclean hands on the Bhagwan himself and to put it crassly, molesting him, mauling him, defiling him. This violation of the sanctity of the temple and the Bhagwan constitutes mahapaapa.

Now contrast this with the pomp and ceremony accompanying our judges as they stride down the corridors of their little fiefdoms – ceremony which they insist is theirs by right. The writer has had occasion to be present on several occasions in the Madras High Court. Whenever a judge walks past Lesser Mortals, a man in white and red ceremonial costume and headgear, a throwback to colonial slavery, with a scepter in his hand symbolising power, walks a few feet ahead of the judge, making a loud hissing noise to warn Lesser Mortals about The Approach.

Supreme Court appointed treasure hunters.Lesser Mortals scurry away from the path and paste themselves to the wall to make sure that they are not within sneezing distance of their Judicial Highnesses. The more timid among us even as they stand pasted to the wall will fold their hands in worshipful greetings and even smile with trembling lips – a wasted effort because Sceptered Power in flowing robes does not deign to glance even from the corner of its eyes at Lesser Mortals.

Judges travel in cars with rotating beacon lights on top as symbols of grandeur outside the court and hissing attenders as symbols of their power inside the court. Toadying lawyers and fawning litigants address them as ‘Milord’ or ‘Honourable Court’. Why, one boot-licking news channel made much ado about Rahul Gandhi’s security being breached in Uttar Pradesh because, as our dimpled impatient Prime Minister-in-waiting was playing farmer (this is his second role after playing construction worker last year), one Lesser Mortal came up close to him and dared to breathe the same air as the half-Italian nose!

Hindu shrine on a Chennai street.But Hindu gods and Hindu temples can be defiled, and manhandled by anyone in this country – Ramjanmabhumi, Akshardham, Tirupathi’s Seven Hills, Srirangam’s Saptapraahra, Tamil Nadu’s ancient temples or our street temples. The courts have permitted court-ordered destruction, mutilation, plunder and vastraharan of our temples, temple land, temple wealth, temple walls and mandapams, Devis and Devtas.

The rape of the Tiruvananthapuram temple has proved that anyone, just anyone can go to our courts and make any silly complaint, any outrageous demand about Hindu temples and if the judges see a grand opportunity to grandstand their secular credentials, they will jump into the case both feet first, sometimes even take suo motu notice of something said here or written there. How else can we explain –

  • The continuing defilement of Tirupathi under the nose of the judiciary (
  • The continuing plunder and loot of Tamil Nadu’s temples under the nose of the judiciary
  • Two Christian judges, Justices Dinakaran and Ashok Kumar ordering in February 2005 removal of all encroachments knowing full well that only Hindu temples would suffer most damage. In fact over 250 street temples were demolished by Jayalalithaa in Madurai, Tiruchy and Kanyakumari alone
  • The Gujarat High Court’s anti-Hindu activism when it took suo motu notice of a newspaper report in 2006 which said a total of 1200 Hindu temples were encroachments on the streets of Gujarat and ordered their demolition
  • The Allahabad High Court delivering an order which called for mutilating the Ramjanmabhumi simply to satisfy the judges’ secular itch.
  • The incumbent Chief Justice of the Madras High Court making a thoroughly unacceptable and even nasty observation about Hindu street temples
  • Another judge in the Madras High Court remarking sarcastically that it is easier to remove fish-stalls than it is to remove Hindu temples

There are boundaries which the courts and judges cannot breach and places where they are not welcome; the family and Hindu temples being two such places. The judiciary obviouly thinks otherwise and has committed the unpardonable offence of molesting the Sree Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple.

The writer is willing to wager her Gucci shoes and Givenchy perfume that not a single Hindu bhakta would have been surprised at the wealth that was found in the vaults and not a single Hindu bhakta would have entertained a single unworthy thought about it. Hindus know their temples have always been prosperous. That’s why we had hordes of European Christian and Muslim invaders, freebooters, adventurists and mercenaries carting away Hindu wealth in ship loads, plane loads and even in their shoe box.

Today we have the Gandhi-Nehru polity, communists, Marxists, anti-Hindus and non-Hindus salivating at all the wealth that was shown on TV and expressing comical views about what should be done with it. This includes –

  • Signing the death certificate and putting it all in a Museum
  • Sending it abroad to assess its importance and value
  • Inviting non-Hindus and non-Indians to assess it so that every evangelist and jihadi, every crook and terrorist and the Generic Church can fantasize about the quantum of wealth in all our temples and begin to make plans
  • Use all the wealth for poverty alleviation (this is so open-ended we can all claim benefits under the heading)
  • Dig up all major Hindu temples and bring up all the wealth

Indeed! Shashi Tharoor remarked nastily on television two days ago that before the government uses the temple’s wealth for poverty alleviation programmes, all mosques and all churches in Kerala must bring out their wealth too. Like the Pope said in Larianno, what we can do together, we must not do alone. Indeed, indeed.

The writer has an absolutely brilliant suggestion of her own, bordering on the genius. Let every entity in the country – all individuals, all corporates, all business including Times Now, CNN-IBN and NDTV, all trade including politics, all churches, all mosques, all NGOs, all professionals, including all judges and lawyers, the petty-shop owner and the idli-vendor at the street corner, let us all deliver our wealth and assets – immovable and moveable.

Let Justices Raveendran and Patnaik constitute a committee which will give us the monetary wealth of all the contents so delivered.

Then let them appoint a second committee which will divide the wealth equally among the Indian populace, to the last man, woman and child. After that, what? Having leveled the ground with Marxist zeal and distributed the wealth equally, what next? The people of the nation will not allowed to generate new wealth or will all wealth generated subsequently be divided equally among the populace every five years?

Sri Padmanabhaswamy's new attendants!If this is bizarre, how is what is unfolding in Kerala less bizarre? Now that the Supreme Court has played Supreme Vandal and opened the vaults of the temple and the world and lawyer T.P. Sundararajan knows how much wealth lies in the vault, what now?

What real purpose has the Supreme Court served by invading a Hindu temple and disrobing it before the world?

Instead let the Supreme Court –

  • Hang Afzal Guru
  • Hang Ajmal Kasab
  • Bring back Kim Davy
  • Bring back Ottavio Quattrocchi
  • Bring back Warren Anderson
  • Bring back Dawood Ibrahim
  • Bring back black money from foreign banks
  • Abolish Article 370 and integrate the state of J&K wholly with the Indian Union
  • Punish the hooligan lawyers of the Madras High Court who set fire to the court police station on February 19, 2009

Let us see how brave, how activist, how nationalist and how avant-garde our Supreme Court really is. Hindu temples and Hindus are soft targets. – Vigil Online, Chennai,  July 9, 2010


9 Responses

  1. […] Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The Supreme Court as supreme vandal – Radha Rajan  […]

  2. Namasthey,

    Can we put a case asking them to open many vaults available in Tejo MahaIaya(Taj Maha). We can prove it was a temple and due to islamic barbaric action we lost the temple.

  3. […] Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: The Supreme Court as supreme vandal – Radha Rajan […]

  4. T.P. Sundararajan Thiruvananthapuram: The man who fought for transparency in the management of Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple's assets, 70-year-old Sundararajan, has died. He was seriously ill for the past few days and died after a heart attack early on Sunday.

    It was Sundararajan's petition which paved way for the Kerala High Court order early this year, which directed the state Government to take over the temple's assets.

    The Travancore Royal family, custodians of the temple, challenged this in the Supreme Court. The apex court, while hearing the case, ordered a thorough audit of the temple treasure.

    Legal experts say Sunderarajan's death will not affect the ongoing case.

    "Essentially it is public interest that has been highlighted in the litigation. Therefore the demise of an individual will not in any way affect the ongoing proceedings in the Supreme Court," said Legal Expert Kaleeswaram Raj.

    The audit had revealed a treasure worth over Rs. 1 lakh crore, but it was stopped after concerns that it would interfere with the temple's customs and tradition. There was also a debate over whether opening a particular vault, not opened for ages, would invite the deity's anger.

    Sundararajan's office functioned from a building owned by the temple. Last week, he was served an eviction notice by the temple authorities. He also earned the anger of many right-wing Hindu organisations for approaching the court. Clearly, the 70-year-old's last days were not that peaceful. – NDTV, New Delhi, July 17, 2011

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  5. […] a concerted bid, purportedly licensed temple raiders tried in vain to convert the wealth into a nidhi(treasure), which would have then brought the […]

  6. […] a concerted bid, purportedly licensed temple raiders tried in vain to convert the wealth into a nidhi (treasure), which would have then brought the […]

  7. I strongly believe that all the finds belong to Padmanabhaswamy only. When I have mentioned in my earlier observation that the these articles and artifacts may be kept in a museum or building I meant that it should be in the vicinity of the temple and not to be taken away and kept elsewhere. The country has seen valuable artifacts from various temples finding its way to foreign shores. It is indeed a sad state of affairs. My earlier suggestion is to strike a balance between putting to use these valable finds for the benefit of the state yet at the same time respecting the sentiments of most of the people of Kerala who whave great faith in the temple. V. HariHaran

  8. […] utensils and what not – even without its heritage and antique value – has given a headache to the Supreme Court judges who will be held primarily responsible should covetous eyes endanger this precious and sacred trove. Having rushed in where angels fear to […]

  9. vhariharan
    Mon, 13 Jul 2011 11:05:57

    The huge treasure trove found in the Padmanabhaswamy temple is indeed mind boggling.As a person born and brought up in Trivandrum ,the childhood memories of the early forties and fifties rush to my mind, when as children we used to hear a lot of stories associated with the Padmanabhaswamy temple treasures.Now it is proved. All said and done nobody has tampered with the treasures.The royal families need to be admired and appreciated for their impeccable honesty and integrity .This is something to be noted.
    Debates are now raging as to what should be done with the wealth.
    Neverthless the sentiments of the people who have great religious faith in the temple vis a vis the practical use these wealth ,if properly used, could benefit the state has to weighed and balanced. While the contention that it should be used for the welfare of the people of Kerala, holds weight to some extent, raising of the funds can be only by converting these invaluable and antique trasures in to money through auction. Will this money if it reaches the Govt and politicians be fully used is a very moot point, knowing well, what percentage of funds of the welfare schemes enacted by Government are utilised genuinely. Most of it finds its way in to the unscrupulous hands.More over can such historical and Antique treasures be just parted with for certain sums when the real value cannot be eqated to just money.
    One way of finding benefit of the treasures to the state revenue is by preserving these treasures with proper and fool proof security in a separate building/ Museum as has been done in Britain where crown jewels are exhibited, or for that matter ,as in Smithsonean museum in Washington where rare jewels are exhibited. This will be a great tourist attraction and I am sure tourism to Kerala will multiply manifold now that Padnabhaswamy Temple treasures have hit headlines in the world.This will bring in a good revenue on a regular basis to the Government exchequer ,which can be made use of for the benefit of the state. Yet at the sametime preservation of God’s wealth will take care of the the sentiments of the people of Kerala as well.
    Historians and Archeologists can contribute a lot to analyse and bring to light the historical facts about these Treasure finds which if properly presented will add to the Kerala’s image in the world of Tourism as “God’s own country” .


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