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Mangalore: Temple festival unites Christians and Hindus
 
Published Date: 18 May, 2011 (7:32 PM)

From Fr. Francis Rodrigues

Beltangady, May 12 (Ucan News): A temple festival celebrated jointly by Christians and Hindus in Mangalore yesterday has been hailed as a breakthrough in community relations. A local television channel hailed the event as “a new chapter and new approach toward harmonious living.” It wanted all in Karnataka to follow the Naravi example.

Jeevandhar Kumar, a local leader of Jainism and temple festival committee convener, said politicians divide people along religious and caste lines. “We have transcended those petty borders,” he added.

A group of Catholics joined Hindus last night in celebrating the temple festival.
The local Suryanarayana Temple began the annual 10-day festival on May 6. Catholic parishioners had helped renovate the temple premises for the festival.

The temple officials then invited Catholics to the festival. “We do practice different religious cults and rituals. But all of us are the members of one common religion of humanity,” said Father Louis Cutinha, pastor of St. Antony Parish of Naravi in Mangalore diocese.

The priest led more than 200 parishioners in the temple procession. “This festival is a great occasion to experience harmony in diversity,” the priest said. Christians organized a boat tableau wishing well for the festival, with its message of harmony, in a 1-km procession through the local market.

The theme of the procession was, “Before God all are one.” “The role played by the Christians is really heartwarming especially in the context of communal tension around us,” Father Cutinha said.

He said the Christians’ gesture helped remove earlier hesitation and a communication gap between local Christians and Hindus.The two communities drifted apart after attacks on several Christian institutions in Karnataka state in 2008. Mangalore, a Christian stronghold in the state, witnessed most attacks.
Church groups say the attacks began after the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian people’s party) came to power in the state in May 2008.

Suspected Hindu radicals attacked three Christian homes for the poor last month, accusing them of proselytising. Sri Sri N. Vasanth Bhat, the temple priest in Naravi, said local Christians for the first time showed an example of harmonious cooperation.

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John Crasta, India May 16, 2011
above words by you is not love or respcet from you..just you are indirectly saying ..christian religion is better than other relegion.....and this is what your people tried to force on hindus..by-Ravi

Dear Ravi,
I need to clarify some issues. There is no doubt that there is only God. And religion is how one understands God. There is lot of difference in all aspects of understanding religion by people.
Therefore not all religions are equal. “Not equal” has nothing to do with superiority . Instead it has to do with the rigidity with which Christians are called upon to understand God. I can go at length to explain this if you are interested.
ravi, India May 16, 2011
Quote by sam barmuda

"else hindus and muslims used to respect, learn and follow christians in lot more ways in mangalore, I remember my friends telling me birthday, wedding, festivals are to be enjoyed in christian houses"..

..above words by you is not love or respcet from you..just you are indirectly saying ..christian religion is better than other relegion.....and this is what your people tried to force on hindus..
A. S. Mathew, USA May 14, 2011
As Mr. Jeevandhar Kumar has stated, the
politicians know the art of "divide and
rule" for their selfish reasons.

It will be a great joy and fun for people different religions and political parties to get together and create an atmosphere of fellowship of harmony. Let us all work together in unity which will be pleasing to our Creator. Let the ordinary people teach a lesson to the trouble making politicians. Hearty congratulations.
sam, Bermuda May 14, 2011
thank god ACHARY is not the home minister or else he would have played some trick to spoil this function (and his buddy S.P is far in gulbarga enjoying the weather)
these yeddi government divided religion or else hindus and muslims used to respect, learn and follow christians in lot more ways in mangalore, I remember my friends telling me birthday, wedding, festivals are to be enjoyed in christian houses
Thomas Dsouza, India May 14, 2011
Christian strength comes from “ Praying to Jesus to bless those who curse us and praying for the leadership”. Only then Jesus will free us from fear and anxiety and put kind thoughts in the minds of others for us. This is what we must train our children to do and conduct intercessory prayers in our churches . This will help the Christians to cope up with increasing stresses that are likely to come up in the future because of economic turmoil. We need to be scripturally right before we are blessed by God. It is Jesus who heals the relationships as all graces from God are received through him.
Henry, USA May 13, 2011
It is better if communities tried to work for equality before the law and equality before the state.
Dennis Dsilva, UAE May 13, 2011
Congrats for succumbing to harmony through terror tactics.
Julius Greg Dcunha, Qatar May 12, 2011
It is a very good feeling to know about Mangalorean Unity. Let us proceed further walking hand in hand irrespective of Colour.
Max and Jessie Rasquinha, USA May 12, 2011
Thank you, Fr. Francis Rodrigues and Fr.Cutinha for your initiatives in leading the Christians of Belthangady to join the festivals at Suryanarayana Temple.

This is the beginning of a journey of thousand miles that will enable the Hindus, Christians and Moslems to group together and strive together for a common cause of communal unity in diversity. The people of all backgrounds, whether they are rich or poor, young or old, will come to an understanding that we are all children of one God. When the world is going thru rough times, the village of Belthangady will rise to the occasion and display a sense of unity and dignity in a country of largest democracy.

When the Christians have the next opportunity to celebrate their festival, let the Hindus and Moslems come and join us and share the bread together and reciprocate all that we have preached and practised at the Suryanarayana Temple.

 
 
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