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Sabarimala Aravana Payasam Patent Issue

Talk about Aravana and the first thing that comes into mind is Sabarimala. Aravana payasam is one of the most important ‘prasad’ (offering made to the Lord) distributed at the famous Sabarimala Temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa in Kerala. Now, Kuok Oils and Grains a Singapore based company has applied for a patent for the name ‘Aravana’ and want to introduce several products including packed meat and fish under the Aravana trade name in India. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) which manages the temple does not have the patent for Aravana. The request for patent by Kuok in India was made public in March 2007 and they have also applied for a trade mark. The last date to file objections against the patent is on June 29.More than 8 million cans – each containing 250 grams of Aravana – are sold at the temple during the two month Mandalam-Makaravilakku pilgrim season. Travancore Devaswom Board – often in the news for all the wrong reasons – has done nothing to stop an international compan…

Only Hinduism at Tirupati Tirumala

The Andhra Pradesh government has banned the propagation of religions other than Hinduism in Tirupati by an ordinance. Tirumala has been given special status and the ‘Tirumala Divya Kshetram’ shall comprise the seven hills of Seshadri, Garudadri, Venkatadri, Narayanadri, Vrishabhadri, Vrishadri and Anjanadri, right from the foothills, the holy theerthams and the main temple. The Andhra Pradesh government was forced to take such a decision after protests against Christian missionaries by Hindus gained momentum silently. Hindus in India and around the world protested against the lackluster attitude shown by the government against Christian missionaries who were alluring people with money and by defaming Hindu gods, rituals and ceremonies. Hinduism has to be protected in India by an ordinance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!