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Atheist Karuna to visit temple to seek donations

Atheist Karuna to visit temple to seek donations

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Time of India
Date: February 11, 2008

Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi, known for his atheist ideology, will visit a Hindu temple in Vellore, 140 km from here, next week.

Karunanidhi, whose remarks on Lord Ram in connection with the Sethusamudram project had created a nationwide furore a few months ago, would visit the Sri Lakshmi Narayani temple, popularly called the 'golden temple', at Sripuram near Vellore, on February 16, sources said.

Karunanidhi would accept donations from Sri Sakthi Amma for a government medical scheme for children, sources said. Despite his strong atheistic stand, Karunanidhi has met many Hindu spiritual leaders working for a public cause. He had raised many an eyebrow last year by sharing the dais with Sathya Saibaba and Mata Amritanandamayi.

In January last year, he had attended a function to felicitate Sathya Saibaba for his trust's Rs 200-crore project to refurbish the Telugu Ganga canal to bring Krishna waters from Andhra Pradesh to this metropolis.

He had also shared the dais with Mata Amritanandamayi at a function in Nagapattinam to hand over the keys of houses built by her trust for tsunami victims.

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