RSS scholar TG Mohandas with religious fanaticism similar to Babri Masjid controversy- Hindus should wow to construct a temple demolishing Arthunkal church
To Mohandas, Arthunkal church was a Shiva Temple which was ruined and then converted to a Christian church. He claims that the ruins of the Shiva temple, which were destroyed by the excavations of the church could still be found and the Hindu's should act to reconstruct the temple.
TG Mohandas hits the controversy by the statement on Arthunkal Church of Alappuzha, being previously a Siva Kshethra and Hindus need to rework it immediately. Arthunkal is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Kerala. It is considered as a holy land by hundreds of thousands of devotees, of Christian as well as other faith. 'Arthunkal St. Andrew's Forane Church', which has the Roman martyr Saint Sebastian as its patron is a 16th century Catholic Church built by Portuguese missionaries in a coastal hamlet. The church stands out as a model of religious harmony with a tradition of hosting Hindu pilgrims returning after worshipping Lord Ayyappa at the famous Sabarimala temple.
The response in social media views, TG Mohandas's controversial statement raises a dispute similar to that of Babri Masjid.
To Mohandas, Arthunkal church was a Shiva Temple which was ruined and then converted to a Christian church. He claims that the ruins of the Shiva temple, which were destroyed by the excavations of the church could still be found and the Hindu's should act to reconstruct the temple. He asks the Hindu community to capture the church and rework the Shiva Temple at the earliest.
"I have nothing as to prove or define more than what I did tweet. I don't possess any solid documents. I shared my belief in such a possibility. I believe that's why Sabarimala pilgrims do visit Arthunkal Church."
Mohandas said to Narada news.
Traditionally, the Sabarimala pilgrims wear a 'mala' (string of beads) to mark their devotion and period 'Vrata' or renunciation of worldly pleasures. Many visit the church to take out the 'mala' marking the end of their 'vrata'. After removing the 'mala', the devotees take a bath in a tank in the church premises or a dip in the sea. Legend has it that one of the early priests of the church was a friend of Lord Ayyappa, the adopted son of the King of a small principality- Pandalam, now in Pathanamthitta District. The visit of the Sabarimala pilgrims is believed to rejuvenate the memories of the bond between Lord Ayyappa and the priest. The communal hatred statement of Mohandas has invited much criticism from the society.