Continuation of Post No. 633 (at the end, called TAILPIECE धूमकेतु తోకచుక్క) wherein I have referred to the Ayuta Chandi Yagam performed by Mr. K. Chandra sekhara Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana. Click to go to post 633 .
In that post itself, I wanted to point out that the Thatched Cottage for the Sacrifice of Ayuta Chandi Yagam, was appearing vulnerable to EASY COMBUSTION and that it was looking like a lAkshA griha (House of shell LAC in which legendary Pandavas of Mahabharata were kept in Varanasi, by Duryodhana, with a view to burn them alive in a fire).
One Telugu proverb at that time prevented me from cautioning about the dangers involved. The Telugu proverb reads as: "Subham palukarA mankenna anTE, peLLi kUturu munDa EkkaDa caccindi annADaTa". English gist: A person named Mankenna present at a wedding was asked to say something auspicious on the august happy occasion. The Mankenna said: "Where did the Widowed Bride die? Explanation: This Mankenna was instead of telling something auspicious, was predicting to unhappy things: 1. BRIDE become a widow. 2. Bride's death. Traditionally, in India, people are prevented from predicting unhappy things IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER TRUE OR NOT.
Fortunately, the organisers of the Sacrifice have kept four Fire Engines ready to meet contingencies. President of India who arrived in his divya ratham (helicopter) from the Sky could not had to return without seeing the fete.
Suppose had the fire occurred on the first or second day during peak hours when the largest number of people were under the thatched roofs? Of course, lessons from Godavari Pushkara deaths might have taught people to react fast. They might have come out of the thatched cottages without panicking and undergoing stampedes.
Better preventive techniques ought to have been: Making ceilings with fire-proof or fire-resistant materials. Using RCC pillars (posts) or at least metalic posts and horizontal tubes for construction would have reduced risks.
TAILPIECE धूमकेतु తోకచుక్క THOUGH Mr. Chandra Sekhara Rao is saying that he has spent his own personal money for the Sacrifice (about Rs. 120 million), it is difficult to believe. An independent inquiry will have to be ordered by the Central Government or by an appropriate Court to verify whether all the donations have been duly accounted for, whether there are going to be any quid-pro-quos (Govt. favors for large donations in return). There is also a need to check whether expenses have been inflated.
If GOI or some Court do not act now, at least in 2019, when a new Govt. is elected, some other party comes into power in Telangana (may be unlikely), we have to hope that they will order an inquiry.
According to reports, everyday 4000 kg. of clarified butter (ghee), and 12,000 kgs. of boiled rice in milk&sugar have been poured into the fires. One observation: During the period, for some days, even Sangam Ghee Packets were not supplied in Guntur. They resumed supply just before the Christmas Day. Though technically only cow ghee is used in sacrifices, it is not clear why buffalo ghee packets also disappeared in the market.
To continue. सशेष. సశేషం.