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Apple Tree Centre UK – Hindu Temple’s assurance to FHA in regards to Same-sex weddings

April 17, 2013

Chaitra Shukla Saptami, Kaliyug Varsha 5115

A few days ago, Forum for Hindu Awakening (FHA) received an email from a Hindu, who notified us the Hindu Temple in Sussex is giving marriage licenses for Same-sex couples.
Accordingly, FHA Spokesperson Nilesh Shirodkar wrote to the various temples in UK .In response Shri. Bharat Lukka from Apple tree Center assured FHA that “ Temple is not allowing same sex marriages”

Below is the correspondence

From: Nilesh Shirodkar
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:01:56 -0700
To: “[email protected]
Subject: Gay weddings at Sussex UK temple


Namaste Dear Temple Authorities,

We have learned recently, that a Hindu Temple at Sussex, UK (Apple Tree Centre, Ifield Avenue) is granting marriage license to same-sex weddings. Please refer to Same-sex couples can now marry at Hindu temple in Ifield

We would like to bring a few points to your attention in this regard.

As you know, in Hinduism Vivah (Marriage) is one of the sanskar of 16 sanskar in life. This sanskar is to be performed on a Man and a woman.

As per Hindu Dharma there are four purusharthas (pursuits of life): Dharma, Arth, Kaam, and Moksha. In this Kaam is not just sex; it is for prajotpadan (To retain birth cycle). Kaam must be done with Dharma. Artha also must be done with Dharma. That is following the Righteous code of conduct.

None of this can be achieved by same-sex marriages in Hindu Context.

As per Hindu scriptures Shiva (Male) & Shakti (Female) are two forms and have Natural attraction to become one. That is why female called Ardhangini. Marriage means uniting two principles; i.e. the principles of Lord Shiva in the form of the husband and the principle of Goddess Parvati as His wife.

As per Bhagwadgeeta: Vivah is not to get involved in it, but to get evolved.

Generally speaking the purpose of marriage as declared in the sankalpa done before the ritual of kanya-dana is

Praja – offspring for the liberation of the ancestors
Sahatva – companionship
Karma – performing of social and religious duties for the benefit of society and the world.

During the ritual of Kanyadan the bride’s father says to the groom, “with the five elements and the Deities as my witness I give to you this good looking, healthy and bejeweled girl, thinking you are like Shri Vishnu, in the desire to attain Brahmalok (the abode of Lord Brahma) and also for the salvation of my ancestors”. And the groom replies, “I accept this girl for the perpetuation of Righteousness and progeny.”

A Hindu Temple’s function is to impart divine knowledge from our Holy Scriptures. Community and people in the community look at temples as authority on Hindu concepts and knowledge. However when Temple authorities say, “Times have changed and we need to change with it”, it becomes mockery of our Vedic culture. Change is good and inevitable with changing time, but at the same time we do not want to pass on incorrect message to Hindu Community and Young kids who come to the temple; where they see that the temple is indulged in the activities, which are contradictory to our Holy Scriptures and customs.

We think Apple Tree Centre temple management has taken some incorrect steps in this case, without giving much thought to it.

We have nothing against LGBT community and we respect them as they are.

However same-sex marriage in Hindu Temple is denigration of Hindu Custom.

Hoping to preserve the glorious Hindu Dharma with you in the coming future.

Nilesh Shirodkar
President and Spokesperson, Forum For Hindu Awakening
Please email me at [email protected]
Let us understand, live and preserve Hinduism

From: Bharat Lukka
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:09:02 +0100
To: “[email protected]
Subject: Apple tree centre


The press report was incorrect rest assured we have no plans for same sex marriages at our centre

Jsk bharat do call me if you need further clairefication

My number is ………..

Sent from samsung mobile. On O2.

Forum For Hindu Awakening wrote:

Thank you Bharat ji,
Current Press release or news says
Same-sex couples can now marry at Hindu temple in Ifield
Read more: Crawley News

Please release correct press release, because it is causing confusion in the minds of Hindus all over the world. We are receiving many complaints from Hindus.

Nilesh Shirodkar
President and Spokesperson
Forum For Hindu Awakening

From: Bharat Lukka
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 21:23:02 +0100
To: Nilesh Shirodkar
Subject: Re: Appletree centre


I have requested the press to correct this matter



Sent from samsung mobile. On O2.

Forum For Hindu Awakening wrote:

Namaste Dear Bharat ji,
Could you please send me the scanned copy of the corrected press release?
We would like to publish temple’s assurance to our readers.
Nilesh Shirodkar

From: Nilesh Shirodkar
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:54:33 -0700
To: Bharat Lukka
Subject: FW: Appletree centre – Re: same sex marriages

Namate and Jai Shree Krishna Bharat ji,
We appreciate your support in this matter, please do send me link or copy of corrected press release.
Nilesh Shirodkar

From: Bharat Lukka
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 14:26:44 +0100
To: Nilesh Shirodkar
Subject: Re: Urgent and Important – Re: Appletree centre – Re: same sex marriages


Awaiting hindu council of uk press statement local press have removed the article rest assured same sex marriages will not be permitted at our mandir

I hope this assures your members

Sent from samsung mobile. On O2.



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