BATU CAVES: Serving meat on temple grounds is a definite ‘no’
THE Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Temple has gained popularity as a major tourist destination.
The management committee of the temple should be commended for keeping the temple grounds clean and conducive for devotees and visitors.
Over the years, the temple has seen improvements, including the erection of facilities for devotees and visitors.
The government has been supportive of the development of the temple site as a tourist attraction.
To sustain the huge operating cost, the temple committee has ventured into economic activities such as renting out facilities on the temple grounds to generate some income.
This practice of generating income is all right as long as it does not upset devotees or goes against the teachings of Hinduism.
However, it appears the committee has overlooked or ignored the religious sentiments of the devotees in wanting to raise income.
Recently, I attended a wedding reception on the temple grounds. The reception was held at the foothill, between the Sri Ganesha and Sri Perumal temples.
I and many Hindus who attended the reception were shocked to note that non-vegetarian food (meat and fish) was allowed to be served on the temple grounds and, that too, so very close to the temples.
Although, I am a non-vegetarian, I respect the tradition and teaching that only vegetarian food should be served in temples and on temple grounds. Allowing caterers to serve non-vegetarian food here goes against the tenets of the faith.