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Temple committee sorry for purification rite

PTI  Guruvayur, June 13, 2007
First Published: 13:14 IST(13/6/2007) | Last Updated: 13:21 IST(13/6/2007)

Seeking to put a lid on the purification row, the Managing Committee of the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple on Wednesday expressed deep regret for conducting a purification rite after Union Minister Vayalar Ravi's son Ravikrishna visited the temple last month.

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The committee also decided to recommend to the government to amend the Guruvayur Devaswom Act for removal of the clause which empowered the "thanthri" (traditional high priest) as the supreme authority of religious matters.

Briefing reporters on the deliberations of the two-day meeting of the committee, its Chairman Thottathil Raveendran said Ravikrishna would be informed of its decision.

The 'punyaham' (sprinkling of consecrated water) was conducted on May 19 as Ravi Krishna's mother was a Christian and was not supposed to worship at the shrine where non-Hindus are not permitted.

Ravikrishna had last month written to the Managing Committee recording his strong protest at the conduct of punyaham after his visit to the temple for the first-feeding (choroonu) of his son.


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