Hyderabad: Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Mandiram President G.Niranjan and Mujawar of Alawa-e-Bibi Syed Aliuddin Arif, while addressing a joint press conference on Saturday, demanded the intervention of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to get an elephant for Bonalu and Moharram processions.
Niranjan released a letter addressed to the Chief Minister requesting him to preserve and maintain the culture and customs of the Telangana people.
He mentioned that it is an age old practice of using elephant in the Bonalu processions of Ujjaini Mahankali temple of Secunderabad, Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Mandiram of Haribowli and Nallapochamma’ temple of Sabzimandi. In the same way, the ‘Bibi Ka Alam’ is taken out on an elephant in ‘Moharrum’ procession for the centuries.
The present elephant ‘Rajani’ was purchased by the Nizam Trust and kept for the maintenance in Nehru Zoological Park which is being used for these processions all these years and it is an example of Ganga Jemini Tehajeeb. Recently the High Court issued orders on March 18, 2019 in a case for not using this elephant for processions based upon the counter affidavit file by the Chief Conservator of Forest.
“This order affects the faith and religious sentiments of the people and obstructs the maintenance of customs and practices.
In the light of the High Court order, the Chief Conservator of the Forest had written a letter to the Special Chief Secretary to the Government, Environment & Forests on April 17 and requested the government to advise the organizers of the ‘Bonalu’ and ‘Moharrum’ processions to hire elephants from neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and they will provide No Objection Certificate (NOC) to organizers,” he said.
Niranjan said that the Chief Conservator of Forest, in its affidavit, suppressed several facts which resulted in the High Court’s decision.
They mentioned that the Central Zoo authorities ordered for the dispensing the elephant from Zoo but failed to bring it to the notice of the court about the central zoo authority letter to Nizam Trust mentioning that decision for providing the Elephant to the religious processions vests with the Chief Wildlife Warden of the State.
“The State Government has declared the `Bonalu’ as state festival and making all arrangements for its successful conduct. On the same line, government is making arrangements for the ‘Moharrum’ procession arrangements.
The indifferent attitude of the officials is responsible for High Court’s decision,” they said while requesting the Chief Minister to direct the concerned to appeal in the High Court to get the clearance for the use of ‘Rajani’ in the ‘Bonalu’ festival which is to be held in July and for ‘Moharrum’ in the month of September.
They pointed out that the administration in the Guruvayur of Kerala state relaxed the ban imposed earlier on the participation of 54 years old Elephant ‘Rama Chandran’ in Trisur Pooram festival of Vadakkunathan temple on I2th May, 2019.
They appealed the Chief Minister to immediately convene a meeting of the ‘Bonalu’ and `Moharrum’ organizations along with concerned officials to sort out the issue to avoid tensions among the people. (INN)