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Now, a temple to honour atheist Karunanidhi

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July 02, 2010 12:20 IST
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Loyalty to the leader of a political party knows no bounds, going by what a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam activist has done -- he is building a temple in honour of party president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, a self-proclaimed atheist.

"The temple is almost in the finishing stages in 5 cents of land I own at Samireddipalli near Gudiyatham (Vellore district) at a cost of about Rs 2 lakh", District panchayat Councellor G R Krishnamoorthy, the man behind it, said.

He said the temple, with a two-and-a-half foot idol of 'Kalaignar' would be opened to the public soon after laying of tiles was completed.

Krishnamoorthy said he was inspired to build the temple after seeing how welfare schemes brought out by his leader, especially 'Kalaingar Kappitu Thitam (free insurance scheme for poor) had helped many downtrodden families in his area.

"All those who benefited from this scheme suggested I construct a temple for Kalaignar (Karunanidhi), prompting me to undertake the task," he said.

"Though our leader is an atheist, we accept him as our 'God' as he has saved the lives of thousands of poor, not only from my region but also throughout the state through the free insurance scheme," he said.

"It (temple) has been constructed for us to worship him. I don't think our thaliavar (leader) will oppose to it", he replied when asked if the chief minister would oppose his move.

He said the temple has huge pillars with photographs of Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin and state Law Minister Durai Murugan.

"Apart from this, a small park is also being set up near the temple for children", he said, adding, he also plans to set up a library to showcase Karunanidhi's literary work in Tamil.

He said the temple, with the symbol of the rising sun (DMK party symbol), has an inscription saying "Kettal kudupathu Kadavul, ketkamale kudukkum Kadavul Thamizhina Thalaivar Kalaignar (God will give only if you ask, but Kalaignar will give you without being asked)".

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