The Karnataka government has decided to rename ‘Salaam Aarti’ – a ritual at temples in Karnataka as Arati Namaskara.
A circular to this effect would be released by the Muzrai department.
The ‘Salaam Aarti’ ritual practise began during the time of Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan. Tipu got the worship done on his behalf for the welfare of the Mysuru kingdom. Even after he died in the battle against the British, the ritual continues in various Hindu temples across the state.
Kashekodi Suryanarayana Bhat, Member of Parishat stated that earlier the ritual was conducted for the welfare of state administration, now it will be for the welfare of the people. Now, the ritual would be named as ‘Namaskara’.
As per Hindu organisations, ‘Salaam Aarti’ was the symbol of slavery and was practiced to assert domination. They demanded ending the ritual.
However, intellectuals claim that the tradition reflected the bondage and harmony among Hindus and Muslims and must be continued as the great tradition.
With IANS inputs