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Monday, June 07, 2010

illegal temple commercialization,neighborhood destruction

1 Jun 2010,

Dear Honorable Chief Minister Yediyurappa,

How has this systematic destruction- construction improved the residents or areas life quality?

You must have seen this temple since many years. Do you not weep at the destruction of the neighborhood?


The trustees do not live here and so they do not have any right to destroy the quality of this neighborhood.

We would like to make it clear at the outset ,

1)our firm belief that Hinduism is a Philosophy more than a religion.

2) What we are seeking in religion without is available within ourselves.

3) The figure 33 crore Gods came from the then population, indicating that each individual is a God in himself.

4) Akrama -Anyayas( ಅಕ್ರಮ- ಅನ್ಯಾಯ) to the majority residents cannot be converted to sakrama -punya (

ಸಕ್ರಮ ಪುಣ್ಯ) of a few minority vested interests.

Lord Hanuman does not care what kind of abode he has, people surrounding him ,dependent on his popularity do.

No amount of kappas kaanikes (ಕಪ್ಪ ಕಾಣಿಕೆ) offered to temples can amend the anyaaya to the majority.

Why are the elected representatives influencing the civic officials from discharging their lawful duty? for a few garlands?

5) In a democracy peoples rights take precedence over religion.

6) legal violations, commercialization, immoralization of temples and religious institutions, need to be judged based on higher ethical and moral standards. Such transgressions destroy sanctity if any privileged to them by law or society.

Hanuman temple (pictures self descriptive) was systematically destroyed between 1975-2010 from a beautiful open air temple with free access where people offered their obeisances from even chord road a half mile away, into a jail for the lord and devotees for commercial considerations by a well ensconed unaccountable, unquestioned trust's activities.

What ever happened to the approval committee (BUAC?)

which was supposed to protect the aesthetic beauty of Bengaluru?

another victim to the greed of illegal constructors?

This is only one of a dozen or more temples and most"devotees" make a religious picnic -with paani poori, masala dosas etc visiting every temple around including ISKCON, Hanuman, Venkateshwara, Panachmukhi, Subramanya, Mookambika, Meenakshi, Ayyappa, Karumariamma all within 1 km range.

Even though it raises substantial question about the "devotees " " devotion" to this particular deity, it still not sufficient justification to sacrifice the residents

and their rights.

We have repeatedly brought to you, your ministers and your officials notice that the temple is made up mostly of illegal buildings violating all bye laws.

Devaalaya (ದೇವಾಲಯ ) is being transformed into a dungeon (ಹಿಂಸಾ ಗೃಹ)

for commercial considerations and oneupmanship over other temples in the area.

It has destroyed the quiet, peace and the quality of life for all of us resident here from even prior to the Rock turning to Hanuman.

Law has just provided a basic minimal requirement for a civil society.

Unfortunately,construction-destruction is continuing unabatedly despite repeated complaints about this to you, your ministers. Now with further illegal construction in violation of existing court orders and law suits and pending complaints before the muzarai department on the mismanagement of the trust due for hearing on 3rd june.

The administration, government and peoples representatives have been given sufficient discretionary powers to regulate and control religious trusts on a moral and ethical standard higher than that of beyond reasonable doubt required under CPC. to elevate ordinary administration to a Ram Rajya.

Unfotunately it is not even exercised at the IPC level.

Kindly direct and allow them to do what is fair and just under law, and PROTECT US and our environment.

Thank you in anticipation of prompt and just relief.

Sincerely yours

M B Nataraj


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