Most puja organizers are exorbitant, authorities timid
The first period of the corona pandemic had witnessed some senseless court rulings. All festivals attracting large crowds have been banned in India by governments. The famous Rath Yatra was also banned. But mad priests from the Puri temple and some self-proclaimed religious activists have asked the High Court of Orissa to allow the Yatra. The court rejected the prayer, and rightly so. Then they moved the Supreme Court on appeal and were more fiercely dismissed by a bench led by Judge CJI Bobde, who after the hearing on June 18, 2020 said: “Even Lord Jagannath himself will not forgive us. to have authorized the car. festival ”as the pandemic outbreak reached its peak around this time.
That said, CJI disappeared to materialize at his home in Nagpur to relax with relatives and friends while the summer vacation was underway. The proponents of the ban feasted, as did the sane Indians. Suddenly, the madmen this time, including the main servant of the temple of Puri, King Gajapati and the highest ranking religious leader, Shankaracharya of Puri, joined the protest choir to voice their dissent against the reasoned order of the Supreme Court.
They asked for a review of the decision. Oddly enough, Union Home Secretary Amit Shah, for no reason or rhyme, also jumped into the fray and publicly stated that the Puri car festival should be allowed because it involved sensitive religious sentiments. . Most shockingly, after Shah’s opinions became public, Judge Bobde, as if he had been pushed, pecked and pinched by frightening force, expressed an extreme desire to be part of the examining bench even during his vacation away in Nagpur, making it clear that modern technology made it possible for her to attend on videoconferencing mode.
The world was stunned as everyone now knew that the order would be reversed to meet populist demand. It was obvious that the Review Chamber without the CJI Presidency would not dare to change the anti-Rath Yatra ordinance. June 18, CJI said. “The Lord will not forgive us…”, but on June 22, he reverses the order.
It is an undeniable fact that most festival season puja organizers across India are run by local henchmen or muscular men as they can extort money from residents for a pompous show. and a great moment of pleasure after the puja with the money saved methodically. These puja committees keep a few respectable elders, mostly retired senior employees or businessmen, for the sole purpose of displaying false standards of credibility.
Their names are written on the receipt book, but they are rarely consulted on money matters. Even during last year’s pandemic, although authorities asked authorities to keep duties simple and austere and not collect subscription money from a reluctant family, many puja committee leaders made residents spit out sums of money as usual with little respect for the standards in force.
Fortunately, that year, the strict national standard didn’t leave much room for festival idols to be over four feet tall. This very rule upset many puja organizers, mainly in urban centers, only because they would not be able to extort a lot of money from residents or even crowds secretly visiting panadals. Other than all that, full sized ornaments and other embellishments will need to be kept out of the way, which will make the idols much less attractive. Numb skulls as they are, the systematically exorbitant puja organizers haven’t once felt bothered by the increase in corona infection that could usher in the highly preventable third wave.
Also at this time, the Shankaracharya never said a word against the “make a great idol” clamor to ensure that public safety measures were not ignored.
King Gajapati, also qualified to comment, looked away as if he had gone blind and deaf. He’s too shy to displease the gallery of selfish crooks.
Fortunately, the High Court demolished all these madmen with a sweeping ordinance. He definitely sided with the administrative decision taken to ensure public safety. So, once and for all, the exorbitant puja committees across the state have been appropriately tamed to behave better in the future. -the decisions of people taken by state agencies, have simply not responded to the controversy over the “size of idols”. They were quite active, however, provoking the handful of really brave guys driving furiously candid pens or shouting aloud “shame!” “.
Sadly, some irresponsible leading doctors and great lawyers had also joined the frenzied anti-popular campaign groups to have the usual tall idols that would result in inevitable pomp and spectacle.
By celebrating festivals, we have so much to learn from indigenous peoples that our so-called civilized ways cause irreparable environmental damage.
Tribals love trees and groves. They don’t have temples, mosques or churches. Their celebrations are incredibly simple and respectful of nature, hence human protection as well. Modern societies tend to forget that festivals were originally intended to celebrate life itself, to thank the Creator for the gifts bestowed during the year.
However, that all changed when religions gradually became institutionalized over 2,000 years ago. And in the modern age, where consumerism has allied with organized religion, the result is there for everyone: pandals harboring idols that are submerged in bodies of water which then become contaminated.
The residents of every mohalla in the city want to prove that their pandal has the biggest idol and can attract the most celebrities. Unfortunately, such demagoguery comes at a terrible cost.
Every thinking head is fully aware of this, but selfish compulsions prevent them from caring in the least. In absolute context, Seattle’s Immortal Letter must be referred to here: The leader of the Suquamish Nation, named after the city of Seattle in the U.S. state of Washington, wrote a letter, allegedly circa 1855, to the U.S. President of the time, Franklin Pierce. in which Chief Seattle opposes the sale of his tribe’s land to the US government, saying, “You might be ready to buy, but we can’t sell.”
We cannot sell the earth, the scent of flowers, the buzz of bees. It is the mark of a truly great nature and of a culture respectful of man.
Of course, there are religious leaders who care about the environment today. Take Pope Francis I for example. In his encyclical “Laudato Si” published on May 24, 2015, he speaks extensively about ecology and especially climate change.
Our religious leaders, thinkers and social activists must begin to find the courage to speak the truth as selfish and exorbitant creatures prepare to torture the masses. If they fail to live up to it, they have to pack their bags and go to a “barren forest” to suffer more, because what is lacking is immediately recognized.