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Upendra Bharti | HENB | New Delhi | Oct 9, 2022:: Visionary Indian Statesman, Educationalist, Philanthropist and Author Dr Karan Singh, who is also a former MP and Congress veteran said on Friday that it was “absolutely ridiculous” to say that the King Rajaraja I of the Chola dynasty was not a Hindu.
He was reacting to the recent controversy that erupted after filmmaker Vetrimaaran commented in a function that there were attempts to give a Hindu identity to Rajaraja Chola. He implied that the Chola king was a Shaivite and Hinduism as a religion did not exist in that era. Actor Kamal Haasan on Thursday had backed this line of argument.
Some anti-Hindu forces in Deccan have been trying to segregate the Tamil culture from the umbrella of Hindu concept even claiming Thiruvalluvar was not a Hindu at all.
In a communiqué, Mr. Singh said to say that Rajaraja “was a Shaivite and not a Hindu” was akin to saying that “someone is a Catholic but not a Christian”. “These semantic gymnastics in a way denigrate and confuse our great religion and are not acceptable,” he said.
According to him, though the word ‘Hindu’ may have gained traction only later, deities like Shiva, Vishnu, Hanuman, Ganesha, Mahalakshmi and Mahakali were all part of “Sanatan Dharma for millennia”. “One should not try and create a division between Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktism,” he said, adding they were the three main streams of Hindu religion.
Mr. Singh added that Shiva is a primordial Hindu deity, focus of intense devotion for millions over the millennia from Srinagar to Rameshwaram. One of the greatest Shiva temples – the Brihadeeswara temple built by emperor Rajaraja was an architectural marvel, where he had worshipped many times.