Singer Yesudas seeks permission to enter Padmanabhaswamy Temple
Legendary playback singer KJ Yesudas has sought permission to enter Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram to offer prayers on Vijayadasami — September 30. He has filed an application to the temple management that said it will take a positive decision at the executive committee meeting on Monday.
“We have received the application and will take a decision on Monday,” said temple executive officer V Ratheesan.
In his application, Yesudas, from the Roman Catholic Church, said he is a follower of Hinduism and would like to sing on the temple premises on Vijayadasami.
Yesudas visits hill shrine of Sabarimala and Kollur Mookambika temples regularly. Some of the best devotional songs in south India are sung by him. Though his song wakes up the presiding deity in Sree Krishan temple in Guruvayur, Yesudas was denied permission at the temple because he was a non-Hindu. Later, he sang a song saying one day he will enter the temple and offer prayers at the feet of the idol.
In 1960s, his guru Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar was invited for a music concert at Guruvayur. But his favourite disciple Yesudas was not allowed to enter the temple, saying he was a Christian. Seeing the plight of his disciple, the guru stormed out of the temple and held a nightlong concert outside the temple in praise of Lord Krishna. Though many believers still insist the temple is yet to open its doors for him.
“In Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple we don’t have any problem. Often foreigners do enter the temple by furnishing an affidavit saying they believe in Hindu religion. Here we don’t find any reason to restrict him,” another temple official said. The shrine situated at the heart of the state capital became renowned in 2011 when one of its underground secret vaults opened making it one of the richest temples in the world.