Be it his visit to the Masjid, or suspending prayers at the temple over Disha’s rape and murder, chief priest of Chilkur Balaji temple, CS Rangarajan, has his very own way in reacting to the issues with a touch of spiritually. In a recent revelation, Rangarajan has sought citizenship for his deity, Lord Venkateswara. Reacting to the national wide protests over the Citizenship Amendment Act, the chief priest demanded citizenship for all the temple Gods. “When all the refugees can be given citizenship under the newly amended citizenship act, why can’t the presiding deities get one,” he asked.
Adding support to his demand, Rangarajan stated that every God is like a perpetual minor who needs someone like a priest or other friendly person to represent in a court of law. “There is a provision under Section 5(4) of CAA through which a minor can be given citizenship rights. So under this provision, the gods in all temples can be given citizenship rights,” he added. The priest then demanded the government to register all Hindu deities like Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala, Ayyappa Swamy in Sabarimala, and Padmanabhaswamy in Kerala as citizens under Section 5(4) of CAA. Rangarajan then stated that the Hindu temples and religious and charitable institutions are in threat despite constitutional provisions and judicial decisions.