By Ashok Kumar
A Hindu Council of Australia’s (HCA) novel way to make money from the gullible members of the Indian Australian community is by organising celestial wedding and coronation of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita to get people’s donations. A recent poster says that the HIndu Council of Australia is organising celestial wedding and coronation of Lord Rama with different rituals priced differently, which are as high as $2, 500.00 and $1,116.00.
It is interesting and of special note from the poster that there is no scope or possibility for those devotees to take part in it, if they do not have money. Money can buy many things in Hindu religion, including taking part in celestial wedding. This phenomenon is the continuation of what certain section of Hindus have done from ages to monetise Hindu religious rituals and ceremonies, using a variety of religious processes.
All this is happening when the Australian farmers are fighting severe drought, there’s tsunami hitting the Indonesian shores and Kerala still fighting worst ever floods. No thought is spared for these miseries in Australia and around the world, and HCA is busy filling their coffers. The event is happening on 3rd and 4th November, 2018 during Deepavali organized by HCA in Sydney.
It will be of interest to see whether any donating devotee of celestial wedding also gave money to support the victims of above mentioned calamities.
Money making by HCA in this manner is very odd in view of many devout Hindus, who have a distaste of such monetisation of Hindu rituals and ceremonies.