Kurnool: In the midst of the controversy over alleged non-Hindu activities at the temple town of Srisailam, a vehicle reportedly canvassing Christianity was found by devotees on Sunday. The vehicle had flexi banners across the bonnet containing text from the Bible. It was found to have the image of the late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, who died about 10 years ago in a helicopter crash.
A priest at the Srisailam temple said there was no permission for members of other religions to propagate their faith on the hills. If they want to canvas their religion, they can do so at Sunnipenta village and beyond. The hill town is part of the sanctum sanctorum and is sacred, he said.
When contacted, Srisailam temple executive officer K.S. Rama Rao said the vehicle came from Nandyal town and it appeared that the vehicle owner was a devout Christian. The police was asked to find out if religions other than Hinduism were being propogated on the hills, he said.
Vedic scholar Valleeswar said the interference of politicians in temple affairs resulted in such incidents. He wanted the temple trusts to be rid of political interference. He said the fad of getting appointed as trust board members at the TTD and Srisailam was one of the causes for this.