A close relative of me passed away in February last year and his family came down from Madhyapradesh to offer first annual rituals at Parasurama temple at Thiruvallam. We reached there carrying the memories of the deceased one that immersed us in grief. We were issued the ticket at the office and we reached the area where Balitharpanam was being done. After reaching the Mandapam, we saw one young Priest performing some rituals there with people who had reached there. The moment he saw us, the priest started muttering us saying, “who asked you to come at this time.” We were shell shocked at this arrogance since we had no haughty experience at any religious sites before. We kept quiet and uneasily waited for our turn though the grumbling continued. The departed oneâ€™s very close relatives were there, could not help themselves and started sobbing. Somehow, I was able to console them. When our turn came and once the rituals started, the priest showed his true colors. He began to mutter more and more even when he was performing the rituals fully violating the procedure. Mantras, Slokas all turned into vituperative railing for us. We were all astounded, and we wished to get things got ended as soon as possible. Once it got over, all our religious beliefs that performing rites there would satisfy the departed soul got wiped out.
On the other hand, we all turned into disbelievers. If we were late, then they should not have issued the tickets. As they issued tickets, it was their duty to perform the procedure sincerly, Sunil told to TechnoparkToday.