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Ram and Krishna weren’t gods, just humans: Prof Bhagwan

In what could become an another controversial statement from rationalist author Prof K S Bhagwan, the author, contrary to popular belief among Hindus that Lord Ram and Lord Krishna are Gods, said that the duo were not Gods and were just human beings.

How could a man with more than 16 thousand wives, one lakh children and one who ended his life on his own be a God, Prof Bhagwan questioned while speaking at a discussion programme ‘Kanaka – Then and Now’ organised as part of Kanakadasa Jayanti by Mysuru Sharana Mandali on Friday.

He further said that the duo died which was adequate to realise that they were human beings and he describe God to be an eternal force which doesn’t have an end. Prof Bhagwan also questioned the characters of Krishna while describing him as “not ideal person”.

Commenting on Lord Rama he said, “Nowhere in the epic ‘Ramayana’ written by Maharshi Valmiki, Ram is said to be God neither Ram claims to be one. He was a human.” He said that the duo were responsible for caste-based discrimination too.

According to him, Lord Shiva is the only God worth worshiping who propagated equality. He said that Ram and Krishna as lords would suits only in stories and they should be kept Gods there itself.

Prof Bhagwan’s statement on Lord Ram and Krishna earlier was meted out with immense criticism from Hindu groups who had demanded his arrest.

Kanakadasa’s status higher than all saints

Prof Bhagwan said that though ‘Kannada Nadu’ had seen number of saints, Kanakadasa’s status was higher than all. He was the only saint who was a poet and propagated the message of equality through it.

Kanakadasa he said contributed immensely towards the growth of Kannada language.

Prof Bhagwan also called for a construction of a temple of Kanakadasa in Udupi. He advised Kanakadasa’s devotees to seek government’s assistance in regard to the construction.

Former ZP president K Marigowda, Former Karnataka Sahitya Parishat president Maddikere Gopal, writer and janapada artiste Dr K Rameshwarappa, Social Activist K S Shivaramu Backward Classes Welfare Department District Officer J S Somashekhar and Mandali convenor M Chandrashekar were present.

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