February 14, 2018
In the times of love jihad, it isn’t enough to have a day dedicated for love, but everyday should be looked at with love; and that alone can extinguish any fire of hatred burning inside us. And to know that a small temple at Sholinghur is doing its bit to celebrate the concept of love, especially on Valentine’s Day with a special puja, you can’t help but get happy.
Sholinghur is famous for its two hill temples; one for Yoga Narasimhar and one for Anjaneya. In between both these hills is the Valentine Temple. R. Jagannath, an ardent Krishna devotee residing in Pazhavanthangal, wanted to construct a temple that would stand for love. “Valentine’s Day means a day to celebrate love, and I believe that love is the only thread that binds us all.
Even Though the idol signifies divine love; love in any form should be celebrated,” says R. Jagannath. He adds, “The gopuram was specially made by an expert from Srirangam and the main idol of Krishna and Radha was made from Jaipur marble. The deity has a calf licking Lord Krishna’s feet. This shows affection and love.” He stresses on the fact that he considers love as a spiritual experience and Lord Krishna as the perfect valentine.
“Lord Krishna is a symbol of love and everybody loves him, Every day was a Valentine’s Day for him. His love is universal,” he asserts. But his endeavour to have this temple wasn’t all smooth. He faced resistance from Hindu outfits. He has renamed the temple as ‘Sri Vrindavana Thulasi Sri Krishna’. His temple celebrates 14th of february with a special puja. The ‘temple of love’ sees a lot of couples seeking blessings for a future together and tomorrow it will see love birds flocking in to worship. “There have been cases of lovers reuniting after worshipping here,” he concludes.