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Church’s Curb On Thanjavur Temple Ritual Indicates The Shape Of Things To Come

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[h=1]Perhaps a threat against Hindu temples and Hindus ancient culture.[/h][h=1][/h][h=1]Church’s Curb On Thanjavur Temple Ritual Indicates The Shape Of Things To Come[/h]by Aravindan Neelakandan


[h=1]Brahadeeshwarar Temple, Thanjavur[/h][h=5]Snapshot[/h]
  • Aggression against temples is starting to become visible and violent in Tami Nadu, and unless Hindus reinvent and reorganise themselves as a political majority, their survival decreases with every passing day.

On 29 April 2018, the ceremonial procession that takes the ruling deity of Thanjavur’s Brahadeeshwarar Temple for a ritual bath in the adjoining Sivaganga temple tank, was stopped. The procession, complete with the playing of the nadaswaram (a classical wind instrument), was stopped by the authorities of Schwarz - an eighteenth century church built by Danish missionary, Friedrich Schwarz.

Schwarz was an interesting character, who often projected himself as gentle and suave. He was a part of the political missions of the East Indian Company, being often sent as an emissary. While most of his hagiographers praise him as a selfless missionary, it is easy to see him as a manipulator who prevailed over the 'native rulers', by influencing them positively towards the colonial forces and keeping them away from any rebel influence. In fact, the British East India Company made Schwarz a member of the council of administration for Thanjavur. He, on his part, tried his best to convert the king, who, while gently refusing his religious advances, used him more as a trustworthy intermediary in dealing with the British. (Of
course, the usual Evangelist propaganda that the king was convinced of Christian superiority, but did not convert because he feared the Brahmins, has always been part of the mission hagiographies).

More relevant to this point is that this colonial missionary took pleasure in going to the places of “heathen feasts" where thousands of "Hindoos" would gather for worship and preach Christianity, condemning what he understood through his Christian hatred as “idolatry”. So, when Schwarz church authorities stopped the procession of 1,000-year-old Brahadeeswarar temple, it was colonial evangelism once again.

Read more at: https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/barri...-church-indicates-the-shape-of-things-to-come
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