some thoughts
  • Day by day I see great discussions opening up in PS. The new one being
    whether we should take pictures of 'moolavars' in temples.

    I had a great experience with a different group that I had subscribed
    three years before. What started as a 'fight' ('benevolent' fight like
    the ones initiated by Mr. Aazhvaarkadiyaan) between two members on the
    world's oldest language (Sanksrit or Tamil) went on to provide great
    insights with examples of historical milestones the Indian culture had
    once achieved. So good was the discussion that I now repent deleting
    those emails from my inbox(as the group later collapsed due to some
    unknown intruder who cracked and misused administrative privileges)

    Coming back to our topic, I do feel that there is nothing wrong in
    taking such pictures. There are special cases where archaeologists point
    out that the light could initiate chemical reactions in some paintings
    as in the case of Ajanta/Ellora ('sevi vazhich cheidhi' - correct me if
    I'm wrong). But I don’t see any reason why the moolavar deities should
    not be videotaped or photographed.

    Another argument could be made on the laying of tiles within the main
    sannidhi. Many of us disagree that the place loses is asthetic appeal
    once this is done. I agree that this is how I too feel in the case of
    tiles. But marble flooring? I have seen some temples in Bangalore with
    marble flooring that looks as appealing to the eye as many of the other

    Having said that, I should also say that it is more of a cultural issue
    (of perception) as we use tiles mainly in our bathrooms.

    Any thoughts?

  • Dear all...

    My own thoughts on photographing the Moolavar...

    I've often heard that when the deities were installed in the temples, the
    people who did so were highly evolved spiritually (meaning that they were
    probably siddhars)- and they transferred some of their own essence to these
    deities. Instead of worshipping mere stone, this meant that we were now in
    the presence of the life-force of highly evolved beings-in a subtle form.

    It also meant that foreign particles and rays had to be kept at a minimum,
    to preserve the 'saannithyam'. Hence, the banning of photographs.

    The person who told me this also lamented the fact that it was no use today-
    for a bit of money anybody would sell the Moolavar itself!

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