Get punished for wishing New Year to Chilkur Balaji temple priest

Hyderabad: The Chief priest of Chilkur Balaji temple CS Rangarajan sparks a row by saying if any devotee wished him ‘Happy New Year’ in the temple premises on January 1, 2018, he would punish the devotee.

He said that “it is ridiculous for temples to spend money on January 1 to decorate them, as it has nothing to do with the Hindu religion. Observing New Year is against Hinduism and asked Hindus to observe Ugadi, the Telugu New Year.”

According to a TOI report, Priests from various temples in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been spreading the message among the devout to celebrate only Telugu New Year — Ugadi. They have also made it clear that January 1 is an ‘English new year’ and celebrating it is against Telugu ethos and customs.

The video of his warning gone viral and gained a lot of traction on social media. People started commenting on the issue of New Year celebrations.

Actor Mahesh Kathi, who has lot of followers on Facebook and Twitter, joined the debate and criticised the priest’s statement.

“Why can’t we be progressive and celebrate New Year on January 1? Hindu religion is so broad that nothing happens to its culture if we celebrate January 1. Why should we be afraid of Western culture? Are we so insecure?” he argued.