It is already a week since the tragic incident of stampede happened in Sabarimala. Public memory being short, this incident will be almost forgotten by the end of this month. By the end of this year, the inflow of pilgrims in Erumeli will be more than the previous year. But have our authorities learnt any lesson from this tragedy? Will the pilgrims have a safe journey? What is Travancore Devaswom Board doing with all the money that they get? Will the safety of the Ayyappas be the first priority from now on?
Stampedes have happened in pilgrim centres all over the world and these incidents reflect the mismanagement of temple authorities and also sometimes the selfishness of the devotees who come there. How much of devotion and selflessness do we have when people push each other to get the best view of the diety?
Why do people die in a place of worship where there should be utmost faith in God? Does it make anybody lose faith or devotion? Why do people make a point to visit these popular worship places like Sabarimala, Tirupathi, Varanasi, Vatican, Mecca, Shiridi? For the true believers of God, His presence should be felt everywhere. How many of us are visiting these places with true prayers or devotion in mind? Are we going there for the sake of 'having gone there'?