DMK Working President M K Stalin, an avowed rationalist, made a stopover in Srirangam on Friday to accept the traditional ‘Poornakhumba,’ honour by priests of the ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.
This news set the social media on fire, with many claiming that he went to the temple as part of Shukra preethi pooja, which would catapult him to power. However, DMK sources denied this.
Stalin, on his way to attend a family function of a party functionary at Srirangam, stopped in front of the “Ranga Ranga” tower on the south side of Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.
A smiling Stalin, an avowed atheist, accepted the honour and exchanged pleasantries with the priests. A private elephant garlanded Stalin. The DMK leader offered sugarcane and jaggery to the elephant before proceeding to the wedding ceremony arranged on East Adayavalanjan street.
Although Stalin had visited Srirangam town on different occasions in the past, it was only this time that he was offered the honour by priests. One of the priests Sundar Bhattar who honoured Stalin said he invited the DMK leader to visit the temple to which the latter said he had a tight schedule now and that he would visit the shrine the next time.
Twitterati were bemused with news. A twitter user poster: “MK Stalin at #Srirangam temple, the one his father wanted to blast with a cannonball!”
There were also reports which said special ‘pujas’ were performed in the name of Stalin at Lord Sri Ranganathaswamy shrine in the early hours of Friday. Stalin accepted the ‘prasad’ from the temple priest in front of the ‘Ranga Ranga Gopuram’.