Couples throng Valentine's temple

Couples throng Valentine's temple

Couples throng Valentine's temple

It was a spiritual Valentine’s Day celebration for hundreds of couples who thronged “Valentine’s Sri Krishna Temple” at Vellore in Tamil Nadu and performed “Sudarshana Homam” for the welfare of their ilk at this shrine which is famously called as the “Temple of Love”.

The organisers had sent an invite calling for devotees to attend the ritual in which more than hundred couples from different hues took part, marking a departure from the usual celebration during which lovers make a beeline to cinema halls, beach and restaurants.

The programme titled, “Celebrate your love by chanting and refresh your body, mind and soul”, was not only attended by the locals but also pairs from other districts from Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy.

“Even several newly-wedded couples attended the Homam,” R Ranganaath, a staunch Krishna devotee, who constructed and named the temple as Valentine’s Sri Krishna Temple told Deccan Herald on Sunday.

“Lord Krishna is not only the god of universe but also a symbol of love. Therefore, we named the main deity Valentine’s Sri Krishna,” Ranganaath said.

According to him, unlike other temples in Tamil Nadu, “couples” (devotees) will be allowed to touch the deity and offer poojas themselves.

Located at Sholinghur in Vellore district, the temple is not only famous for valentines day but is also widely known during New Year’s Day and pongal festival when young couples.