Kerala’s Temples of gloom

The recovery of temples from the clutches of the ‘secular’ nexus must be expedited so they can once again be centres of excellence.

Kerala’s iconic temples need to be freed from government control because at present their immense wealth is benefitting Christians and Muslims rather than Hindus.

In June 2011, the most spectacular archaeological discovery of the 21st century unravelled deep inside the inner sanctum of the 9th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Valued at more than $200 billion, if its antique value is taken into account, the vast treasure quickly attracted the usual suspects.

In April, a legal expert told the Supreme Court that at least 17 kg of gold was pilfered from the vaults of the shrine in Thiruvananthapuram. The late TP Sundara Rajan, whose litigation led to the opening of the temple vaults, alleged that 2,700 kg of gold dust have gone missing. In August, the Comptroller and Auditor General told the apex court that the temple vault was opened seven times between 1990 and 2002, and wealth taken out.

The statements by experts vindicated Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan’s charges, made a few years ago, that ‘royal family members used to smuggle gold in payasam (kheer) pots’.

Considering the royal ruckus over the treasure, there are calls for the State government to take over the temple wealth for public use. Atheist leader U. Kalanathan argues that because the property is stored in the temple cellars by the erstwhile kings, it cannot be claimed as Hindu property. The fact that such a convoluted argument even gets reported in the media is a result of the legacy of six decades of minority-ism and secularism.

Imagine if the same treasure had been discovered in a church or mosque. No income tax officer, judicial magistrate or government official would have questioned the ownership. Experts would have been flown in from the Vatican or Saudi Arabia to somehow link the discovery to the history of those alien lands.

Krishna TempleBut as it is Hindu property it is an endless free-for-all. It isn’t the first time the government has been caught with its hand in the hundi. Back in the 1980s, the then chief minister K. Karunakaran issued an order that the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple Board withdraw Rs 10 crore from the temple’s bank account and deposit the amount with the state treasury to help the government out of its financial crisis.

Karunakaran was merely following precedent. According to Leela Tampi, secretary, Hindu Matru Samiti, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1962 when India was at war with China, the Kerala government asked the Guruvayur temple authorities to transfer a huge quantity of gold to the Central government.

When nobody questioned whether the Guruvayur temple gold was paid back or not, the politicians realised they could milk this holy cow for all it was worth. Promptly, the temple was ‘persuaded’ to invest Rs 1 crore in government bonds. Huge amounts of temple funds were also plundered for political shows like the Congress party souvenir, says Tampi.

More than 2,300 years ago, the great strategist Chanakya had written in the Arthashastra: ‘One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.’

It seems Kerala Hindus are determined to prove Chanakya right. For, the people of God’s Own Country must accept the blame for not adequately protecting their god’s own wealth.

British loot begins

The cavalier treatment of temples in Kerala started in the British period. In 1810, Colonel John Munro, the British resident of Travancore state, in true colonial fashion made a shameless grab for Kerala’s temple assets. He is said to have visited the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple and warned Lord Padmanabha that, in case the Lord didn’t help him in his court intrigues, he would bring a canon and blow up the temple.

Described as ‘a committed Christian missionary as well as a ruthless colonialist’, Munro considered it his pious duty to weaken the Hindu religion and at the same time foster Christianity. In fact, the website of the Church of South India says Munro was a protestant Christian of strong convictions interested in the affairs of Jacobite Syrians. It admits there were two main purposes behind Munro’s initiative:

To effect the renovation of their Church and to raise the Syrian Christians from their degradation. Secondly, the British resident as well as the missionaries hoped that a strong and friendly Christian community will be a support for the British power in Malabar.’

Tampi adds,

‘Munro achieved these aims at one shot by the simple expedient of taking over by fiat (euphemistically called ‘proclamation’) nearly all the temples of Travancore and Cochin and also by seizing all their landed properties without any compensation whatsoever. When he was thus busily confiscating temple lands without compensation, Munro also issued hundreds of munificent land grants to the Christian churches.’

For the temples, the British policy proved disastrous. According to Tampi,

The cultivated and cultivable temple lands thus expropriated were so vast and the income from them so enormous that within the year the annual land revenue accruing to the state doubled. Of course, as part of his well-laid plan to extirpate the Hindu religion and temples, Munro kept all the income from the expropriated temple lands with the state and did not remit any amount at all to the temples. Very soon the temples, thus impoverished and effectively devitalised, fell into wrack and ruin.’

Scourge from Mysore

Before the British started shaking down Hindu temples, Mysore tyrant Tipu Sultan had destroyed hundreds of temples when he launched his jihad in southern India. In fact, on the eve of his death, in his vast empire, which included large chunks of Kerala, there were only two Hindu temples that were allowed to perform daily rituals.

Tipu SultanBenjamin Lewis Rice was the director of the Department of Archaeology of Mysore. Born in Bangalore in 1837, he is known for his work Epigraphia Carnatica, which contains his study on about 9,000 inscriptions he found in the Old Mysore area. It is no wonder that he’s described as the grandsire of inscriptions.Rice, who wrote the History of Mysore after going through various official records, writes:

‘It is only for the satisfaction of the Brahmin astrologers who used to study his horoscope that Tipu Sultan had spared those two temples. The entire wealth of every Hindu temple was confiscated before 1790 itself mainly to make up for the revenue loss due to total prohibition in the country.’

German missionary Hermann Gundert records that when Tipu raided Malabar, his army plundered the over 2,000-year-old Thirunavaya temple, known throughout the country as an ancient teaching centre of the Vedas.

Worshiping a pirate

More than 10 million Hindus make the pilgrimage every year to the famous Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, southern Kerala. Much of the cash and gold offerings made to the deity go into the coffers of the state government. This revenue is then used for ‘secular’ causes, that is, it indirectly pays the salaries of government employees as well as school and college teachers. The beneficiaries include a large number of Christians and Muslims who either work for the state or are employed by minority institutions funded by the Kerala government.

There is another significant way Hindu wealth goes directly into Muslim coffers. En route to the Ayyappa temple is the Vavarswami shrine. Vavar was a Muslim pirate who arrived on Kerala’s shore in a ship to loot and plunder, but was defeated and subdued in an encounter with Ayyappa. The reformed pirate became a close associate of Ayyappa and as time passed became an ardent devotee of Ayyappa. It is believed that Ayyappa himself instructed the ruler of the area to build a mosque for Vavar at Erumeli and a shrine at Sabarimala.

The same 10 million pilgrims also offer cash at the Vavarswami shrine, and of course the money is administered by Muslims. Despite such acts of charity by the Hindus, communal harmony eludes Kerala — the National Investigation Agency says the state has become the leading hub of Islamic terror in India.

While the landed property of temples has been confiscated, no government has ever dared to take over a single church or mosque or their vast land holdings. On the other hand, the Kerala government has granted pensions to the mukris (peons) of mosques. This is in cruel contrast to the state of temple priests who live on absurdly low wages. Worse, Muslim religious properties across the country are exempted from the Buildings and Rent Control Act, while no such charity is granted to the remaining few buildings of temples and ashrams of Hindus.

Temple wealth for non-Hindus

Kerala Hindus are an extremely devoted bunch. Most visit a temple daily and rare is the Hindu who undertakes a major enterprise without first making a trip to one of the many ancient temples that dot the pristine tropical hills and valleys in the state. It is a measure of their devotion that even the poorest Hindu makes generous offerings to temples. Nothing is expected in lieu of these offerings; not even a wish that their donation be used for a good cause. Most Hindus believe it’s ‘god’s money’ and being concerned about its eventual usage is sinful.

And therein is the fault. Such mindless charity is the root cause of the problem. What Hindus don’t realise is that the end user of this money is not the deity but the temple board and the government.

When the temple lands were confiscated by the British and after Independence by the government in the name of land reforms, the Hindus consoled themselves with the argument that since they formed the overwhelming majority of the population, the income from these lands and the temple coffers would trickle down to them.

While the entire argument was wrong anyway, the demographic situation has since changed drastically, with the Hindu majority now reduced to less than 55 percent of the population, and declining rapidly. This calls for a radical rethink on the part of the Hindus. Over the past six decades of Marxist and Nehru-Gandhi family rule, entire institutions and government departments have been de-Hinduised to the extent that in some sectors Hindus have no hope of getting jobs or starting a new business.

Dr C.I. Issac, head of the PG department of History, CMS College, Kottayam, has brilliantly analysed the decline of Hindus in Kerala. It is a story of absolute and blatant misuse of state machinery to get ahead in the communal sweepstakes.

Writes Issac:

The present economic situation of Kerala is much worse than 18th-century France. Then, in France, 20 percent of the wealth was in the hands of the commons/bourgeois. Now 55 percent of the Hindu population of Kerala controls 11.11 percent of the state’s bank deposits. On the other hand, the 19 percent Christian community commands 33.33 percent and the 25 percent Muslim population retains 55.55 percent.

‘This economic disparity is due to undesirable means that are employed by the minorities under their organised leadership at various levels of governmental structure. With undue preferential treatment received from the administrative machinery, they were able to encroach upon forest lands, bid for various contract works under the government, harvest commercialised education, etc that made them a fast running section in the contemporary society. In short, 90 percent of the economic gains went into the hands of 45 percent of the minority communities. It is the outcome of the power of their vote bank and coercive strategies.’

Caste cauldron

Caste rivalry in Kerala remains a major roadblock to a new social contract among Hindus. There is deep distrust between the various castes, especially the majority Ezhavas and the Nairs. In 1921, during the Temple Entry Movement, vicious riots took place between members of these two castes.

poonamToday, that violent episode has been forgotten but a bitter struggle for ownership and control of temples continues. One of the most protracted cases is that of the Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady temples that hold the spectacular Thrissur Pooram festival every year. Behind the pomp and pageantry of Pooram is a struggle for control between the — relatively wealthy — Ezhavas who are the major funders on one side and Nairs plus traditional temple castes on the other. While the Ezhavas — who form approximately 50 per cent of Kerala’s Hindu population — want an equal say in the running of the two temples, the old order is loath to give up its hereditary rights.

A celebrated case is that of the Ezhava Cheerappanchira family, which was granted the right to conduct a prestigious ritual at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala hundreds of year ago through a written order of the king. But in 1947, as the country became a democracy and the reality of democratic rule dawned on the temple elites, the Namboodiri Brahmin priests allegedly burnt the order.

The temple board then abolished the family’s rights and started auctioning the ritual — ostensibly to raise revenue. The Cherthala-based family challenged the decision in court, where it produced a copper plate on which was inscribed a royal decree granting it the right. According to the family’s tradition, its chief had imparted training in martial arts to Ayyappa, the king’s adopted son. The court, however, ruled that the board had the power to make alternative arrangements.

Whose temples were these originally? Certainly not of those who control it today. For instance, the royals, who are laying claim to the multi-billion hoard of the Padmanabhaswamy temple, have a dubious Kshatriya (warrior) status.

Unlike the hereditary nobility and Kshatriya dynasties of northern India, the Kshatriyas of Kerala were artificially created by the Namboodiri Brahmins, who migrated from Tamil Nadu and settled in Kerala around 800 years ago.

In his brilliant book A Social History of India, professor S.N. Sadasivan says there were no Kshatriyas in Kerala before the Namboodiris. When the Namboodiris arrived, they found a place entirely untouched by the caste system. Kerala was a highly egalitarian — Buddhism influenced — society.

The Namboodiris then got hold of some local chiefs and made them Kshatriyas — on a five-year probation. The newly made warriors had to make liberal grants and offer their womenfolk for the pleasure of the Namboodiris. If any ruler questioned this new system, his Kshatriya status was not renewed. It turned out to be traumatic experience for the Kshatriyas, as they couldn’t opt out because it involved loss of face.

Nearly all the ancient temples of Kerala were Buddhist viharas and were the property of the Malayalis before the Namboodiris usurped them, says Sadasivan. In fact, the word ‘Namboodiri’ comes from the word ‘Nambu’ or trust, that is, someone who could be trusted with the most important asset of the Malayalis — their temple. But the Namboodiris betrayed the trust and in cahoots with the newly designated royalty claimed hereditary rights to these public temples.

Kerala’s Kshatriyas – the Varmas – and the Namboodiri priests, therefore, have a tenuous claim to hereditary rights. On the other hand, the communities that were walled off from these temples have a moral — and in some cases legal — right to run these temples.

In the hands of the Namboodiris, temples became overly ritualistic and were off limits to the majority of the Hindus. The Namboodiris also introduced bizarre rules into the caste system — Ezhavas and Nairs, who formed at least 80 per cent of the Hindus, were both considered untouchable; the former had to stay 16 feet away from a Namboodiri and Nairs had to keep a distance of eight feet. Sight pollution (unheard of in the rest of the country) was introduced and the victim of this practice was the Paraya community, which gave India its first Dalit president, K.R. Narayanan.

It is this disconnect in Kerala between the various castes that prevents Hindus from taking to the streets in numbers to protest the sequestration of temple property. In fact, you could argue that in Kerala there are no Hindus — just various castes who selfishly cling on to hereditary rights and run the entire Hindu community into the ground.

And it is going to get worse. In a few short years, Kerala’s Hindu population will dip below the 50 percent mark, and will consequently face enormous demographic pressure from Muslims (who will be a clear majority by 2050) and pro-western Christians. Unless the Hindus unite, they will continue to be classified as a majority and suffer the indignity of their wealth being enjoyed by others.

Reclaiming the legacy

Those in charge of safeguarding the treasure trove must remember that with great wealth comes great responsibility. The major treasures, which undoubtedly have tremendous historical value, should be displayed in a purpose-built museum built for all to see and admire. The boost to tourism will be tremendous.

Some of the gold and silver coins — no doubt the offerings of Hindu devotees — and the gold ingots should be auctioned off to collectors. The proceeds should be used to build schools and colleges where Hindu children and youth get free education. Plus, charitable hospitals where everyone — irrespective of caste and religion — gets free and world-class treatment can be built by utilising just a fraction of the wealth.

Minority institutions already provide such services to Christians and Muslims in Kerala. Christians, for instance, have prospered on the back of community finance institutions, church support and Christian political parties. Muslims have also taken the same route. At the very least, Hindus should be allowed to lift themselves using their own wealth.

Also, despite the crores of rupees they get as offerings, most Kerala temples are in desperate need of a spruce-up. Compared with the spotless Christian churches, temples usually have shabby exteriors, mouldy tiles and an overall unwashed look. Plus, temple managements care a rat’s tail for pilgrim amenities. What Governor Jagmohan did to make Jammu and Kashmir’s chaotic Vaishno Devi pilgrimage more orderly and aesthetically appealing, needs to be replicated in Kerala as well.

Before they got sucked into the vortex of corruption and caste politics, temples were traditionally community hubs where ordinary people could, for instance, watch — and even take part in — debates between pundits and philosophers; enjoy a graceful dance performance; or just bask in the ancient glory of these places. There are temples in Kerala that, as per legend, were visited by the Pandavas thousands of years ago. The recovery of temples from the clutches of the ‘secular’ nexus must be expedited so they can once again be centres of excellence.

Rakesh is a journalist at New Zealand’s leading media house. He mostly writes on defence and foreign affairs.
His articles have been quoted extensively by universities and in books on diplomacy, counter terrorism, warfare, and development of the global south; and by international defence journals.
Rakesh’s work has been cited by leading think tanks and organisations that include the Naval Postgraduate School, California; US Army War College, Pennsylvania; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC; State University of New Jersey; Institute of International and Strategic Relations, Paris; BBC Vietnam; Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk; Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi; Institute for Defense Analyses, Virginia; International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Washington DC; Stimson Centre, Washington DC; Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia; and Institute for Strategic, Political, Security and Economic Consultancy, Berlin.
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  • George_Augustine

    I agree with NK Sarma about the trend to blame the Brahmins to score unseen points, even when the blame game is totally out of context and completely unnecessary. One reason for young authors like Rakesh Simha to go astray in factual accuracy is the spurious history written and promoted by Marxist and Christian ideologists to invalidate the cultural domination of Nambudiris and their key role in the ancient history of Kerala. For that, they invented an egalitarian (proletarian) Buddhism in ancient Kerala that is completely unsubstantiated in historical methodologies, while resurrecting the old Thomas the disciple who was actually executed somewhere in Sind. From what little we know of those times first hand comes from the accounts of Nambudiris themselves. If one were to look for culprits in Kerala’s caste imbroglio today, it is the neo-rich middle class over-arching communities and religions who are responsible. Every caste, while complaining of their erstwhile caste superiors, themselves entertain what they accuse them of towards the erstwhile caste inferiors. It is really comical to see how the rich non-Brahmins blatantly ape the Nambudiris culturally (introducing Vedic rites in marriage, etc.), while making snide remarks at other times.

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  • Sankara Narayanan

    The article tries to open the eyes of a Hindu,to what has happened to our temples in the past and what is happening now.It raises more questions than answers or solutions.Anomalies and distortions have occurred in the past. The important question is ” What is to be done now?”Politicians of all hues have played havoc as for as temple properties and its revenues are concerned.and there is no denying the fact that where there is more money in a temple or in a trust, unscrupulous people have joined together to plunder and to loot temple properties.”Gold digging’ has taken place at the Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruananthapuram to cite an example and nobody is wiser as to to who the culprits are. We need not blame the invaders of Portugese,Muslim or the British who plundered in the past but now our own people are doing that job. And , a pertinent question arises.What should be done if more money accumulates than the Temple can spend apart from spending for its day to day activities and for its maintenance? It is of no use if Money gathers dust and it should be put to good and constructive uses.Wiser heads should ponder the issue and reasonable and logical solutions should be arrived at without political interference.

  • Dr. MS

    Excellent reporting Krishnan. I do not want wealth to be accumulated in temples while ordinary Hindus starve, beg and struggle. I am not for that. On the other hand I do not want Indian wealth, of whatever religion or philosophy or ethnicity, to be taken by missionaries and churches with their own “stealing agenda”.

    There was a very good German book, written years ago, about how Churches in Europe were hoarding money and wealth, and the church elders, patriarchs and priests were living in luxury and opulence while people starved, died, begged and prostituted before 20th century. This is what led to the cultural wars, social reforms and the “political revolution” taking power away from the Church in Europe; Protestantism won in Europe in the 1600s because of all the complaints of ordinary people regarding the opulence and luxury-life of Catholic church patriarchs that Henry VIII used to cunningly to separate from the Vatican and create Church of England, later to become the Anglican church.”

    Even today the written documentation of the Vatican’s outrageous abuse of power, and manipulation of ordinary people by its parishes all over Europe and the world, to accumulate wealth on the backs of the subservient and obedient poor Christians and non-Christians is well known. It reads like modern day “litany of mafia fraud and financial crimes that the Department of Justice would go after aggressively”.

    This temple wealth belongs to the people…not “to the churches or a church controlled State”. Full stop.

    • NK Sarma

      In my view, Govt endowment board is the only one who is responsible for mismanagement of temple wealth. Whom are you blaming as rich patrons and elites? can you give examples for such a person or a society who you think are living off temple wealth?

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    India’s temples are being plundered. since 1923 by the British in the
    Presidencies and since 1959 by the Indian Republic that usurped the last
    bastions of Hindu culture such as Travancore, Mysore, Puri and other former
    Vijayanagar empire Vassa; States. .The only thing their wealth is NOT used for
    is what its was intended for. The Congregational welfare of the Caste Hindus. Alarmed by the “Freedom Movement” and still nervous from the
    Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 that had been spear headed by Brahmins, after the Great
    War,

    In 1921, the British began to dismantle what had passed for Hinduism
    until such time by commencing a canard of lies to discredit Brahmins and
    exterminate Brahmanism. British stooge Patro of the Justice Party (ancestor of
    the “Dravids”)promulgated an ordinance to discriminate against the
    Brahmins in all walks of life. In 1923, the British took over the temples and
    swamped them by including Non-Hindus (such as Dalits etc) as Hindus to
    destroy the congregational temple welfare system. The Indian Constitution
    of 1949, that enshrined inequality under law and exceptions to the rule of law
    and the 1949 law that took over the temples of the erstwhile kingdoms for the
    plunder and loot of the ruling classes including the funding of churches,
    madrassas and Haj pilgrimages rather than establishing schools centered on
    Vedic education and Ayur Veda hospitals for congregational benefit
    replaced Hinduism with a “secular” Government notion with the
    approval of the “secular” courts that were driven by “four legs
    good, two legs bad”, Dalit, Christian, Moslem. and other notions about what
    Hinduism must be. As a result, while Jallykatt is banned as cruel to animals,
    Halal is widely celebrated and while Karthikai Deepam is banned, the violence
    of illegally amplified Aazan continues five times a day.

    India is notorious for manufacturing politically convenient mythology. to
    eradicate History and truth. In 2013, Parliament unanimously removed pieces of
    truth from the Govt approved NCAERT text books! That same Parliament that made
    “retrospective laws” conceived by the present President of India
    unanimously also included several current Ministers! It is a Non-Partisan and
    Universal Indian malaise. I have already referred to it above. Here is a
    compressed extract of the Shroutha Smartha (my religion) traditional History as
    I have received and understood it:

    The nomadic, pastoral, bracycephalic, ruddy complexioned, non-proselytizing
    Aryans were Brahmins (worshipers of Brahma) with an advanced law,
    astronomcal-navigational, and military science but without agriculture or
    architecture, who held the Sun to be the living idol of Brahma and all of
    nature to be his temple, originated from Central Asia. The Dravids or Druids
    were tall, fair, encycephalic, semites, with advanced agricultural and
    architectural skills from Mesopatamia, they are the polytheist, idolatrous
    Lilith (Lalitha) worshiping lost tribes of Israel who refused to bend their
    knee to the jealous, androgynous God of Abraham and worshiped Vishnu, Shakthi,
    and Shiva and also experimented with the Kabala that had its origins in
    Brahmanism. Harried by the Aryans as well as their own apostates who had
    embraced Yahweh, the Druids scattered from the Ur civiilization in Mesopatamia.
    (Ur is prototyal word for City, Town or Village in many parts of contemporary
    India) Some of them entered the Indo-Gangetic plain, over laying the Negroids
    who worshiped Ganapathi, Kali and various forms of Mother Goddesses and among
    other things, created the Indus Valley Civilization contemporaneous with the
    Aryan Rig Vedic and Shukla Yajur Vedic periods. The Aryans (the noble or
    “those who know” the Prathamo Upanishad or the “Covenant of
    Brahma” given to their patrilineal ancestors, the Saptha Rishis) then over
    laid the Druids and settled in the Indo-Gangetic Plain, exacting tribute (the
    fruit of the agricultural and architectural skills of the Druids). The Chief of
    these Aryas. Bharatha, entered into a treaty with Arya Mihira, the Chief of the
    tribes of Central Asia that protected the Indo-Gangetic Plain from further
    invasions in return for tribute. Simultaneously, a “one for all and all
    for one” treaty of laws and code of chivalry was entered into by all the
    Aryan Chiefs in the Indo-Gangetic plain. Here began the joyous tones of the
    Krishna Yajur Veda fueled by plenty and welded the Aryans of the Indo-Gangetic
    plains into a formidable force that kept India free of invasions and
    adventurers including other Aryan tribes till Ashoka dismantled the treaty of
    Bharatha. The Krishna Yajur Veda was succeeded by the decadence of the Sama
    Veda that gave rise to classical Indian music. Subsequently, the Atharva Veda
    included Dravidian agriculture, temple worship, architecture and so on through
    the Agama (that which came from outside) Shastras. This saw the formation of
    the Dravido-Aryan civilization with the Dravidians and Aryans freely inter
    marrying till Ashoka drove Brahmanism together with the Vedas, Guru Kulas, and
    Brahma Suthras under ground, and destroyed and looted the temples and other
    Dravido-Aryan institutions, persecuting them in revenge for having been
    declared an out caste. This ossified the caste system. Till today, orthodox
    Brahmins look down on the Atharva Veda without really knowing why. Adi
    Shankaracharya revived Sanskrit, and wove the various religions into the
    Panchayatana (the five deities) comprising the Aryan Sun (idol of Brahma), and
    merging the Aryan Narayana with the Druid Vishnu, the Aryan Shankara and Rudra
    with the Druid Shiva, the Aryan Sandhya, Savithri, Gayathri and Sraswathi with
    the Druid Lalitha, Lashmi, and Parvathi with the tribal Mother Godess into
    Durga Parameshwari and included the tribal Ganapathi. This might be the origin
    of “Sanathana Dharma”.That the culture, religions and civilization
    managed to survive and procreate here though eradicated in the places of origin
    was due to the treaty of Bharatha and the long period of stability enjoyed by
    the Indo-Gangetic Plain and because of this, in the lands South of the Vindhyas
    which also aped many of the Dravido-Aryan cultural, social and legal aspects
    though osmosis and beyond into South East Asia.

    Subsequently, we had the dark ages of Islamic rule. Comparatively balmy British
    rule and then the darkest age of the “Indian” Republic that have
    confused the matter thoroughly for political convenience.

    The confusion has been fomented by western educated revisionists of the British
    period who are now venerated as beatified authorities, their intellectual and
    political descendants, such as the strident “Dravid-Dalits”, the
    Marxists and the “Rationalist-Scientists” who brandish DNA to beunk
    the theory of racial purity that was never claimed in the first place; the
    hostility of the Republic to all politically inconvenient truths and History,
    and the fact that no History or Knowledge was written till the Atharva Veda
    Period and that there were long periods when the Shroutha-Smartha (heard and
    remembered) Brahmin tradition was driven underground through persecution by
    Ashoka, other invaders and the Moslems.

    Fundamentally the devolution of Brahma (the one) into the pantheon arises from
    the reasonable premise that Brahma operates his creation through an
    organisation. In the Brahmanical i.e. Non Puranic, Vedic tradition,
    Brahma is not part of a trinity. From Brahma comes his light Mitra who together
    with his fluid Varuna and matter Aryama form the cosmos. Mitra forms and
    sustains 12,000 types of Suns. From the Sun comes his light Savitur (father)
    comprising the three Gunas of Virinchi (creative etc), Narayana (sustaining
    etc) and Shankara (transcreative etc), who, as light, warmth etc (Sandhya),
    life etc (Savitri), sound etc (Gayatri) and knowledge etc (Sarasvathi) forms
    and sustains life here in unison with water (Aapa) and soil (Bhu) the two
    mothers: On this planet, the officers of Brahma resolve themselves into the
    guardians of the Ten directions (Agni, Vayu, Yama, Niruruthi, Varuna, Kubera,
    Indra, Rudra, Virinchi and Narayana) which are all forces of nature. The Druid
    deities of Lalitha, Shiva and Vishnu who preceded Yahweh and Abraham in
    Mesopotamia and came to India took root in the Indus Valley civilization and
    elsewhere, When the Druid skill of architecture and agriculture entered
    the Vedas via the Agama Shastras, in the Atharva Veda period,

    In the AryanBrahmin Vedic construct, Tantra (Methodology and techniques),
    Mantra (Encapsulated concept) and Yantra (Tools) are equally essential
    ingredients for any Sadhana (practice) of any discipline from governance to
    warfare to spirituality. That Tantra has come to be used as a justification for
    various pre Aryan and pre-Dravdian negroid practices and has captivated
    the imagination of alien observers beginning with Arthur Avalon and has
    resulted in an original conceptual vocabulary that has taken over the narrative
    is typical of most contemporary views (or misconceptions) about
    “Hinduism”. After Ashoka destroyed the Dravido-Aryan temples and Guru
    Kulas and drove Brahmanism under ground, Adi Shankara, whose ancestors had fled
    to the deep South to escape persecution by Ashoka, revived Sanskrit, the Vedas,
    the Brahma Sutras and amalgamated the Aryan Rudra-Shankara with the Druid
    Shiva, The Aryan Narayana with the Druid Vishnu, the Aryan
    Sandhya-Savitri-Gayatri-Saraswathi and the Druid
    Lakshmi-Parvathi-Lalitha, with the tribal-negroid Kali; with the tribal-negroid
    Ganapathi, and with the Aryan Sun (or the living idol of Brahma) into the
    Panchayathana. Not all subscribed to this, and various archetypal religions and
    their derivatives from human sacrifice, necrophagy and cannibalism to
    Vasihnavism, Shaivism and Shaktaism continued to flourish to this day. After
    this, the Moslem invasions added to a chaos that has become utter and complete
    after 1947 with the nationalization of Temples and the extermination of
    Brahmanism. However, the various resultant indigenous religions, wrongly
    dismissed as “Hinduism” (which is actually a defunct nationality)
    resolve themselves into a five by five matrix. The 64 “Tantras” or
    methodologies resolve into the five principal ordinates of Kaulacharya,
    Vamacharya, Samayacharya, Dakshinacharya and Shivaacharya while the
    philosophical orientations resolve themselves into five principal co-ordinates
    of Dwaita, Vishista Dwaitha, Adwaitha, Shaankhya and Shoonya. With any number
    of deities (Ishta Devathas) to choose from . The notions of Karma and Dharma,
    though, which originated in the Prathamo Upanishad has been passed down father
    to son, in secrecy, since the Saptha Rishis (Seven Sages- the ancestors of the
    Aryas) received it from Brahma and was the sole double helix that bound what
    used to be known as “Hinduism” until as recently as 1921 when the
    British swamped the Hindus by including Non-Hindus (Dalits etc.) as Hindus to
    eradicate Brahmanism and the congregational temple welfare system and so break
    the back of what they (and their successors, the Indian Republic) thought was
    “Hinduism”,.

  • pp_chn

    using temple money for secular hospitals? another brain dead idea.

  • Radha Rajan

    For the author’s attention: World Gold Council funded a research project with FICCI on monetising gold. As part of the survey people were asked if they would buy gold knowing it was temple wealth. The answer was a resounding ‘no’. While the author is right to demand that govt exit from temples, his view that temple wealth must be put to secular use will have few Hindu takers. In Tamil Nadu the government is doing exactly what the author wants – using temple money for government schemes in poor housing, affordable housing, children’s homes, rest homes, roads, drainage etc etc.And it is doing this because it controls our temples and takes away temple money. A word of caution – Hindus should not publicly express views which fragment Hindu society.

    • Murthy

      Radha Rajan madam, Please open Vijilonline page on Face book. Also open your Face book page

      • Radha Rajan

        I made the conscious decision not to be on social media. I am sorry.

    • Rama

      I agree with Radha Ji. Temple money can be used for secular causes only when the Church and Islamic board hand over their ill gotten wealth and land back to Hindus. Why not sell all the land owned by the church ( I believe the biggest land owner in India)and Muslim board and use the money for secular purpose?

  • NK Sarma

    balaming Namboothiris and vermas for the lack of hindu unity is a too boring off repeated non-sense. Rest of the castes are not idiots, they have ability to think, so they should start thinking about hindu unity rather than blaming a small minority brahmins through people like you. If these castes were having so much bhakti and affection to these temple dieties which nambudris prevented, they should be fighting for these temples today with govt. If I got something after a lot of fight, I would die to keep it. Another point, if you think kerala was buddhist earlier and there were no kshatriyas, what was it before bhudhism? were they barbarians before budhism? what non-sense is this. We keep saying varna is by profession, remember? there is nothing wrong in reestablishing kshatriyas. Afterall they were keralites, they were not tamilians. Your next absurdity is about giving temple money to schools and charitable hospitals irrespective of religion. Give your money instead, leave temple money alone. Church money is not spent on schools for charity, they charge exhorbitant fees and they are exempt from taxes and other rules of RTE. Its a business. Temple money need not be spent on charity hospitals, tax payers money is enough for this. Which church hospital is giving world class free treatment? Because you don’t have a good govt, it doesn’t mean you should steal temple money for governing the society. Instead, go tell the politicians to use the tax money wisely and build secular hospitals. Unbelievable you are. Temple money was traditionally used for developing the faith through arts and vedic education and for helping the faithful lead a dharmic life. If you cannot do it now, don’t dare touch it or recommend touching it.
    This article is a total non-sense, a wolf in sheep’s clothes. Its advising plundering temple wealth by misleading title and conclusion. Hope Indiafacts takes note of this, this is very unindiafacts like.

    • Radha Rajan

      Totally agree. This small insidious paragraph missed my notice. In an otherwise wonderful article this bias against the royal family and the namboodiris strikes a jarring note. Thank you Sarmaji for bringing this to our attn.

      • Dr. MS

        I actually appreciate the author requesting that on matters that require unity this modern day casteism can be “a serious weakness”. There is a difference between caste and casteism. Caste does not have to be hierarchical or patriarchal or static or rigid or exclusionary. But it has become that way, and it is played well by those who wish to control, convert and dominate. So, in that regard I agree with the author that the “caste based” insularity, provincialism and stubbornness can work against the community and Hindu rights itself. Better to step outside caste entirely, or outside caste based beliefs, separation, insularity or fussiness…when political fights have to be made.

    • Dr. MS

      Mr NK Sarma I understand some of your points, though not all. I actually appreciate the author requesting that on matters that require unity this modern day casteism can be “a serious weakness”. There is a difference between caste and casteism. Caste does not have to be hierarchical or patriarchal or static or rigid or exclusionary. But it has become that way, and it is played well by those who wish to control, convert and dominate. So, in that regard I agree with the author that the “caste based” insularity, provincialism and stubbornness can work against the community and Hindu rights itself.

      • NK Sarma

        Dr.MS. I appreciate the sugar in the sugar coated poison too.

  • Radha Rajan

    I thank the author from the depths of my heart for this heartbreaking article. Some of us in Tamil Nadu are fighting this losing battle too to get government to move out of temple affairs. The Supreme Court judgment ordering the breaking open of the vaults in the Sree Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Koil is unforgivable judicial activism compounded by judicial overreach. Giving readers link to my article faulting the SC on this issue –
    http://www.vigilonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1562&Itemid=71

  • अक्षय

    Brilliant article! Hindu institutions have become so anachronistic intellectually, spiritually, and philosophically. This is a shame.