Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on sunday expressed his disappointment with spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi for attending the Ayyappa Bhaktha Sangamam, a Hindu congregation organised by the Sabarimala Karma Samithi to uphold the shrine’s traditions.
“Whatever may be the reason, she should not have participated in the meeting organised by the Sabarimala Karma Samiti,” he opined during his weekly television show Naam Munottu where he speaks about social, political and other issues of the state.
The Kerala CM said that Mata Amritanandamayi’s participation in a right-wing rally has tainted her image and even her admirers in both inside and outside of Kerala didn’t like it. He further blamed the Sangh Parivar of leading the spiritual master in wrong path. “The Sangh Parivar has made attempts in the past too to lead Amritanandamayi through the wrong path. Prior to this she had shown the vigour to not fall into their trap and stayed away,” he said
Amid growing demands of allowing the entry of women of reproductive age inside the Sabarimala shrine, the Sabarimala Karma Samithi held the rally to bring together all the traditionalist Hindus from Kerala and neighbouring states. Apperantly the CPIM led government in Kerala, of which Vijayan is Chief Minister, backs the reformists while the Sangh Parivar is in favour of the traditionalists.
The congregation, which many termed as greatest gathering Hindus ever in the history of Kerala, was inaugurated by Mata Amritanandamayi, who termed the entire dispute surrounding Sabarimala, as “unfortunate.”
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar addressed the gathering on video and Mata Amritanandamayi addressed the gathering with ‘Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa ki Jai’.
Earlier CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan had also criticised the spiritual leader for her participation in the Ayyappa Bhakta Sangamam. “Did Amritanandamayi change her stance because the RSS changed her stance? She should not have taken such a stance. Religious institutions like Amritanandamayi Mutt must remain apolitical,” Kodiyeri had said.