Kollam fire: Puttingal Devi temple sticks to tradition, re-opens on 7th day

The Tantri (Chief priest) Unnikrishnan Namboothiri opened the sanctum sanctorum at 4.00 AM.

By: PTI | Kollam | Updated: April 17, 2016 2:21 pm
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A week after the fire tragedy at the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi temple at Paravoor left 108 dead, the temple opened for darshan on Sunday morning.

The Tantri (Chief priest) Unnikrishnan Namboothiri opened the sanctum sanctorum at 4.00 am.

A large number of people from the area were present at the time.

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As per custom, the practice is to reopen the temple only on the seventh day after the festival ends with a fireworks display on the final day of the ‘Meena bharani’ festival.

Read | A week after Kollam tragedy, stage set for more fireworks

However, there were differences of opinion on whether or not to open the temple on the seventh day.

But after consultations with all concerned, it was decided to open as per custom, temple sources said.

The tragedy had struck around 3.30 am  on Sunday during a display of fireworks at the temple complex, where thousands of people had gathered to witness it.

The mishap occurred as sparks from fireworks fell on the storeroom ‘Kambapura’ and the crackers kept there exploded The blaze spread quickly trapping devotees within the complex.

More than 300 people are still undergoing treatment at hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam for the injuries they sustained.

Police had registered a case of attempt to murder and other offences against six persons, including members of temple managing committee and associates of firework contractors in connection with the tragedy.

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    Adrian Akau
    Apr 17, 2016 at 8:57 pm
    Hindus don't worry about the people killed in Kollam but believe that they have helped them to go to the next stage in their endless life cycle. If a few hundred more should die from fireworks, Hindus feel justified by their belief in reincarnation. They say you cannot be reincarnated until you die to justify the deaths of so many. Unfortunately, the families of those killed and many of the survivors must suffer but then again, Hindus will say that the suffering is part of the cycle of life. Even those committing suicide must believe that they will be reincarnated into a better life.
    1. N
      Apr 17, 2016 at 10:19 am
      Temples are an excellent source of non taxed income... This country has 120 crores plus, about 90% of which unwanted to nJe money for 1% of the intelligent ones... If going to temples solved a problem then most of the Indians would have been immortal ... Sad , really sad that evolution is still far away from us
      1. N
        Apr 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm
        A very absurd comment. Just as Hindus go to temple, people of other communities go to their religious places for prayer. There is no proof that prayer has made anyone immortal whether he is a Hindu or non Hindu. Nevertheless, people go to pray and will continue to do so. I agree with your last sentence, though. It particularly seems to apply to you more than others.
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          Curious onlooker
          Apr 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm
          Opening the temple doors to public for performing their devotion is not an arguable point but the callous decision by the temple Management Committee to press ahead with the fire works display ignoring safety considerations by civilian authorities is, and the people responsible for it must be made to account for that decision.
          1. P
            Apr 17, 2016 at 10:43 am
            Its crystal clear. Ooman Chandy wants Hindu votes.
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