Monday, August 02, 2010

Not a good sign

There is this temple near the community centre where I play badminton and I only recently noticed the sign it has outside. Now I am not a big fan of temple signs, not since the time I visited Jagannath Puri as a kid and saw this rather shocking sign in big and bold -- "ONLY HINDUS ALLOWED".

So when I saw this sign, I was curious whether temples in Singapore also did the same thing. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised to read what the sign said...

"THIS PLACE OF HOLINESS IS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIONS AND RACES. THERE IS NO CONVERSION REQUIRED."

...until I read the last line.

"EVERYONE IS DEEMED TO BE A HINDU."

:|



21 comments:

Visitlife said...

Reading your blog from quiet some time now. I love the way you present things. That is simple and people feel kind of attached to that as sometime or the other we all have faced the same situation and thought of it the same way

Keep writing

and yeah, I think I am supposed to say "Gold" :-)

Arun said...

Think of "Hindu" as a visitor's badge :)

Arun said...

:(

You removed the desipundit links instead of replacing them

:(

Of course, all your blog posts are equally great, just like all who enter that Singapore temple are all deemed Hindus. But some were more equal than others :) :)

Geomon said...

wierd!
:|
Silver.

Geomon said...
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mythalez said...

lol .. not necessarily a bad sign .. can't it also be construed to mean that hinduism doesn't have any prescribed rules and regulations? :P

Nishu said...

i wonder sometimes..would God really wanna be in such places..?!!

Arun said...

Bhagwan hain tere andar mein, mandir tho bas aina hai.

nidhi said...

not sure whether I should LOL or :(
Tolerance and acceptance are becoming rarer by the day

nidhi said...

and did I just win bronze?

~My medals tally is really adding up

Ritambhar said...

I am not sure they meant any intolerance though the wordings are definitely not right and liable to be misinterpreted. I am neither a RSS fan nor an overtly religious being; infact, I visit a temple only when people force me to; yet I believe in Hinduism as a way of life. I have been to churches and chapels and love the serenity, calmness and the opportunity to introspect while being in Lord Jesus and Mother Mary's company - that's the Christian way of life and I enjoy being a part of it while inside a church.

-- Ritambhar

Sudeep said...

Sabko allowed hai at least yeh toh bhi achhi baat hai. "Hindu" term is open to be perceived in many ways, it 'might' not be the Hindu community/caste angle that we know of. Puchke dekhna mandir mein hi :)

Lekin kya bhai, 12 saal ho gaye aur yeh aisa racquet badminton court ke yaha aur aaj khabar mili? :P

~ Lopa said...

sahi....
I never noticed anything as such.... but that might be because i hardly visit any temples !
May be i should. hmmm.

蔡亭和蔡蔡蔡蔡亭和蔡蔡蔡 said...

No pains, no gains..................................................................

Arun said...

Actually "EVERYONE {WHO ENTERS} IS DEEMED TO BE A HINDU" is very good. Those who would be offended to be deemed Hindus should not enter the temple anyway.

Sayesha said...

#Visitlife,
Thanks. :)

#Arun,
LOL!

//You removed the desipundit links instead of replacing them

Yeah I realised I'll have to probably google and find the direct link to each. That's a job for another weekend. They will be back soon. :)

#Geomon,
:| too!

#mythalez,
Well then they should specify that. They can't just "deem" people!

#Nishu,
Hehe... good point. All depends on the definition of God I guess. :)

#Arun,
And the aaina shows everyone "deemed" to be Hindu?

#Nidhi,
:(

#Ritambhar,
Yeah even I like the serene atmosphere of churches. :) And even though I am not a kattar Hindu I won't enter a church that says "Everyone is deemed to be a Christian."

#Sedeep,
Poochhkar dekhna? Meri shaamat aayi hai? :P
PS: Racket wala joke bahut hi third-class tha. Viv ki level par pahunch gaya tu? :P

#~Lopa,
:)

#Arun,
Oooh I like that. :)

Bivas said...

Reminded me of Ford's famous lines..."They can have any color they wan't, as long as it's Black!"
:D

Neha said...

The Singaporeans don't know English very well, so maaf kar do, they don't really understand what they are writing. They don't always mean what they say.

Chodo.

Sayesha said...

#Arun,
I have put back the Desi-pundited posts. Just for you. :)

#Bivas,
:D

#Neha,
Erm... that's not really the case here.

dandalitha said...

Actually the name 'hindu religion' was given only some hundred years ago by the British! Before that there was nothing like 'hindu' . Actually it is 'sanathana Dharma' or righteous way of life . In that broader sense all are one .

dandalitha said...

Actually the name 'hindu religion' was given only some hundred years ago by the British! Before that there was nothing like 'hindu' . Actually it is 'sanathana Dharma' or righteous way of life . In that broader sense all are one .