The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of Karnataka has decided to rename ‘Salaam Aarti’– a ritual started by Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan in the state.
The announcement to change the age-old ritual made by the Karnataka Dharmika Parishat, which comes under Department of Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments, is likely to stoke a controversy.
‘Salaam Aarti’ ritual was started 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.
The ritual was conducted in the famous temples of Puttur, Subramanya, Kollur, Melkote and others in the then Mysuru kingdom.
Intellectuals claim that the tradition reflected the bondage and harmony among Hindus and Muslims and must be continued as the great tradition.
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