Visa Ganapathi and America Anjaneyar

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    Visa Ganapathi

    The wishes of modern man have changed and so has the grants of Gods. There was a time when we listened to stories of man wishing for good wealth and prosperity. Now, there seems to be one wish that has become more than just common. And that is to clear the ‘Visa Procedures’ soon and properly.

    The religious sentiments of our people are so strong that it is not surprising to find ‘Thideer kovils’ all over the Tamilnadu. We embarked on one such journey to find our modern Gods and we bumped upon Visa Ganapathi at Pazhavanthangal.

    Since the deity is worshipped by devotees mainly for getting a visa to go abroad, this temple is being called by the devotees as Sri Lakshmi ‘Visa’ Ganapathi temple .

    The tiny east-facing temple situated outside a house, consists of a sanctum sanctorum housing the divine image (moolavar) of lord Sri Lakshmi ‘Visa’ Ganapathi in a sitting posture. Mr. R. Jaganaathan, who owns the house says, “Around 23 years ago, my father got the little idol of Lord Ganesh from Mahabalipuram to install it outside our house. The frenzy though started only around 5 years ago when people from the neighbourhood started to pray to the Lord for getting visas soon and voila! he did grant them! “.

    Now, they have renamed him as Visa Ganapathy and is quite a crowd puller.

    Jaganaathan has many incidents to narrate about the famous temple at his doorstep. “Every day somebody has a story to say or a prayer to offer. Recently a young man had come to offer prayers to the Lord to get a visa to the UK and within weeks of his prayers, he got the visa,” says Jaganaathan. What just started as a neighbourhood practice has now spread and people now flock in from all parts of TamilNadu to get his blessings.

    Well, Visa Vinayagar is not alone. To complete the package, there is an America Anjaneyar in the Laskminarashimhar Temple in the same locality, who is believed to make your American dreams come true. Quite popular with the locals, devotees offer butter to the Lord and pray to fly West with ease.

    Well !!! “It’s all the belief of the individual”.

    16 COMMENTS

    1. Why we need periyar ? you all are good hearted & Kind, that's enough.
      You all think about the ignorance of other people, but should try to take next step & you become periyar.
      "Don't try compare others,make yourself to compared by other"
      Anyway appreciate you guys, at least you people are think, still there are people don't even think.

    2. Venkata Ramasami @ periyaar oru kannadiga

      He was a cheater, as his writings were only against Hindu gods at the same time he had asked people to consider converting to other faiths such as Islam, Christianity, or Buddhism.
      Ivan oru aethistnnu nanbum indha tamilagathin muttalgal..

    3. Hatred of Brahmins and hatred of Hindu Gods,were the only pith and pin of Periyar's public life.

      Some sections of people in Tamilnadu, behaving like heads of cattle, were brainwashed into the hero-worship of E V Ramasamy Naickar, completely ignoring the inherent and fundamental contradictions in his self-proclaimed ideologies founded only on communal hatred of Brahmins and atheistic hatred of Hindu Gods.

      At the same time, the comedy is that Periyar had very warm feelings towards the Gods of Islam and Christianity.

      Periyar's patriotism and love for our nation are brought out in his own statement:
      "For more than 40 years, I have been describing Tamil as a barbarous language (Kattumirandi Mozhi) used only by barbarians. When Brahmins and the Brahmin-dominated government wanted to make Hindi a State language, I started, to a very limited extent, advocating the promotion of Tamil language only to oppose the imposition of Hindi language. The only language that ought to replace Tamil is English. What is not there in English which can be found in Tamil Language?'"

    4. Secret devotion of E.V. Ramaswamy Naicker.

      Periyar used to say as his slogan if you see a snake and brahmin kill the brahmin first .

      This ICON of Atheism and Anti-Brahamanism secretly worshipped Lord Rama at home and the pujas use to be done by a Brahmin Pujari !!!

      This is not peculiar to EVR only. Even Annadurai during the close years when he was lying in death bed due to cancer,a man who was against Gods and brahmins used to take the prasadams from the various temples to ward off his illness though the same did not benefit him and he died.

      Same is the case with the late MGR who followed in the footsteps of EVR and Annadurai during his last years became an ardent devotee of Mukambikai and even donated his gold sword which was given to him by his fans for a film at Madurai, when he was suffering from
      renal failure.

      CM Karunanidhi is also of such type and a follower of superstition. I have read in a magazine that when he was 75 or so the astrologers predicted bad time for him and suggested if he marries a woman then the ill effects from the planets would be wiped out and he did the same not by marrying a new woman but by tying the knot to his first wife again in a famous temple.

      So all these politicians preach no God when they come face to face with death the fear makes them to run after Him. Even the Communists are no exception and the chain is long. So the fear of death inculcates in them faith on God and till that time when they enjoy life in a cosy way they used to shout from roof top there is no God and years back the Tamilians, a major portion were attracted by this new phenomenon.

    5. Nam ramna mathri Thamizhanum Anonymous putput vachathula santhosham.
      Ending is mentioned clearly, "Well !!! “It’s all the belief of the individual”." religion is belief of the individuals, so let's don't interfere on others belief(Private area).
      If you think the others belief is mad, change it if you can, don't just comment in blog saying 100blablab vanthalum 1000 blablab vanthalum. nee antha 100th oruvanavo 1000thla oruvanavo erru. your future society is in your work not only in your thinking.

    6. Periyar did comment criticising about christianity and Islam as well.we need to read Kudiyarasu and Viduthalai which are his journals for his complete ideas.
      Periyar was not a kannadiga but a telugu.
      he did comment badly about tamil and Indian union.but he is a very practical guy who at that moment and circumstances thought English will be more helpful for tamils for practical life.though I disagree with him on that.
      And Making one language out of 25 in the Indian union as nationl and calling all others regional is totally unacceptable and unnecessary which would not serve any purpose, in which case Periyar did not want it.It was the whole tamilnadu that fought.It was for Anti hindi Imposition and not just anti hindi.
      Nonetheless, this article is just fine as it mentions its beleif of individuals.but overall if it affects the society we need to be aware of that and stop it.sati,untouchabiliy etc were all beleifs once upon a time and to question it just because its someone's beleif is not acceptable.
      Finally Periyar says, I told watever i think as right in my mind.Idont want you to beleive just bcoz i say so.think ratinally and accept it if you feel it is right in your mind.
      And all other accusitions that periyar and others were not real atheists, the mentioned incidents are baseless and will qualify for mere rumours.

    7. Periyar was an indian Hitler who persecuted Bhramins. If at all if he was a true leader he would have spoken on equal rights instead he spoke of discriminating Bhramins. In Tamil Nadu people are so brainwashed that even a Christian convert has the audacity to call himself a dravidian and mock Bhramins… people like Seeman who cash their fame gained thru' so called ''tamizh patru'' uses it to market his cheap movies! So called Kalignar changed the tamil New year from April 14th to Jan 14th completely destroying the tamil culture … Tamil Nadu political people knows who to divide people and keep them that way for many centuries to come… The reality of Tamil Nadu is this Most of the Bhramins have migrated to different cities with in india and abroad and they are doing really well .. where in other caste people are still in the same economical dire states.. they are even today considered as untouchables not by bhramins but other caste people like Thevar, Pillaimar, Chettiar … even today in South Tamil Nadu people roam with draggers and sickles do you think they are all bhramins ?? Look at the katta panchayath do you think a bhramin is involved in such activities ?? The truth is bhramins might have discriminated people some 200 years back after them it is these political leaders who still discriminate these people from progressing … no one wants to realize this truth coz they simply cannot accept the bitter truth!

    8. Periyar was an indian Hitler who persecuted Bhramins. If at all if he was a true leader he would have spoken on equal rights instead he spoke of discriminating Bhramins. In Tamil Nadu people are so brainwashed that even a Christian convert has the audacity to call himself a dravidian and mock Bhramins… people like Seeman who cash their fame gained thru' so called ''tamizh patru'' uses it to market his cheap movies! So called Kalignar changed the tamil New year from April 14th to Jan 14th completely destroying the tamil culture … Tamil Nadu political people knows who to divide people and keep them that way for many centuries to come… The reality of Tamil Nadu is this Most of the Bhramins have migrated to different cities with in india and abroad and they are doing really well .. where in other caste people are still in the same economical dire states.. they are even today considered as untouchables not by bhramins but other caste people like Thevar, Pillaimar, Chettiar … even today in South Tamil Nadu people roam with draggers and sickles do you think they are all bhramins ?? Look at the katta panchayath do you think a bhramin is involved in such activities ?? The truth is bhramins might have discriminated people some 200 years back after them it is these political leaders who still discriminate these people from progressing … no one wants to realize this truth coz they simply cannot accept the bitter truth!

    9. It was not 200 years before, untouchabiliuty and discrimination against non brahmins existed even during periyar's time and hence he had to fight against it.But t continue the fight or the intensity of it must be based on current circumstannces today.
      Yes we are still not fully successful in removing caste from the society, but nevertheless we should not forget from where this caste system originated and keep an eye on that too!

    10. There is no need to remove caste system from Indian Society. It is absolutely okay if one chooses to live a Christian life or Muslim life or if he wants to be bhramin or non-bhramin or Thevar or non Thevar. One should be proud of their heritage, the legacy that is carried from one generation to the other. What should be abolished is the complexes that surrounds the caste system. The curx of the issue is the Inferiority complexes and the superiority complexes. Infact periyar signature always spoke about his caste he always signed as E.Ve.Ra Naiker! First and foremost there should be no dignity of labor we got to abolish that. We should build a society were every one is respected and still have their identity. We should only cut the ''air of pride'' that is with us for many generation. We should stop this lower and upper class divisions. Stop supporting caste based political parties. Bhramins have moved on with time and are doing good whether you like it or not. There are a lot more intercaste marriages that takes place in bhramin community. They are tolarent towords the idea of intercaste marriages these days. 2 out of 10 marriages in bhramin community are intercaste marriages. Periyar is a pseudo leader like Neharu, he brainwashed people in believing that Bhramins are responsible for everything and conveniently forgot the Thevarmars, Goundar, Vellalar, Pillaimar who is creating havoc in South TN ?? Everyone knows who roams with a sword backside of his shirt or build a wall to segregate a different set of clans. All those people who unconditionally hate bhramins can they voice their opinion against Thevarmars and others in Thirunalvelli or Madurai like districts? So, understand how you have been brainwashed form the last centuries from these so called social reformers… they are stopping you people from progressing and blame it on bhramins coz they will not come back with a aruval to hack the person to death. Use you brains and stop idolizing people who stop you from progressing!

    11. guys does everyone see how we deviate from the core, like the argument above is completely not related to the article.
      Its everyones belief, and its good article and the writer did not make a judgement call here. remeber these practices are not just with tamilians, i can show pretty much people from every state in India who have similar beleif,also i japan i have seen people tying their wishes onto a tree……..everywhere in the world such things happen.

      UNDERLYING FACT HUMANBEINGS NEED MORAL SUPPORT WHEN THEY DONT FIND IT IN THEMSELVE FAMILY SOCIETY THEY NEED TO LEAN ON GOD!

      PS: I do beleive in god, but i always beleive in the one line do your best leave the rest!

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