THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Hindu Aikya Vedi has strongly criticized the Kerala government for the CPI(M)’s encroachment of Saraswathi Mandapam and Navarathri Mandapam in Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram, using them as a platform for their political campaigns.
Former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan inaugurated the protest meeting held at the Poojappura temple ground. Anil Ravindran, the Thiruvananthapuram taluk President of Hindu Aikya Vedi, presided over the program.
The Hindu Aikya Vedi staged a protest against the conversion of the Navarathri Mandapam in Poojappura into the organizing committee office for the ‘Nava Kerala Sadhas’ program, despite opposition from devotees and local residents.
Rajasekharan stated that the CPI(M) government’s encroachment on the Mandapam reflects their disregard for Hindu believers and temples.
He highlighted the government’s perception of temples as mere buildings or commercial centers, neglecting the sentiments of Hindu devotees.
During the Saraswathy Pooja ceremony, the Mandapam is considered a holy place by devotees, where worship and devotional music performances take place.
Traditionally, the Mandapam is used for Ayyappa pooja during the Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season. The local residents stated that the Mandapam and Temple were constructed by Anizham Thirunal Marthanda Varma, who ruled Travancore.