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Governor’s remarks on Ayya Vaikunder leaves devotees hurt

Governor’s remarks on Ayya Vaikunder leaves devotees hurt

In a recent event at his Guindy House, Governor RN Ravi stirred up controversy with his comments about Ayya Vaikunder, a revered figure in the southern districts worshipped by thousands. Ravi reportedly stated, "Rama, Krishna, Vallalar, and Ayya Vaikunder have incarnated whenever Sanathana Dharma is threatened." He praised Ayya Vaikunder for revitalizing and safeguarding Sanatana Dharma, but his remarks have sparked criticism.
While Ayya Vaikunder is known for opposing caste atrocities within Hinduism, the Governor's assertion that he defended Sanatana Dharma has drawn backlash. 
Chief Pathi Balaprajapati Adigalar, a descendant of Ayya Vaikunder, vehemently disagreed, accusing the Governor of distorting history. 
Adigalar emphasized Ayya Vaikunder's resistance against Manu Dharma and his advocacy for gender and caste equality.
The controversy centers on Ayya Vaikunder's historical stance against Manudharma Chakraborty's oppressive laws, including one prohibiting lower-class women from covering their breasts with sarees. 
Adigalar's challenge to the Governor's narrative raises questions about the accuracy of Ravi's understanding of Ayya Vaikunder's legacy.
Whether Governor R.N Ravi will address Adigalar's concerns remains uncertain. 
Nevertheless, the controversy has left devotees disheartened, as it challenges the cherished beliefs associated with Ayya Vaikunder's worship.
This incident underscores the need for Governor R.N Ravi to tread carefully when discussing emotionally charged spiritual matters. 
While he may offer valuable suggestions for Tamil Nadu's development, stirring controversy over religious sentiments risks undermining his efforts. 
It serves as a reminder that promoting harmony and understanding is paramount, especially in matters as sensitive as spirituality.