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The Kollam Tragedy — April 9, 2016

The Kollam Tragedy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in <b>Kollam</b> on Sunday to take stock ...

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy with PM Narendra Modi at Paravur’s Puttingal temple in Kollam, Kerala, India.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

India and the world woke up to an unprecedented tragedy at Puttingal temple in Paravur at Kollam, Kerala, India.  A huge fire broke out following an explosion during the fireworks display at the temple in the early morning hours of Sunday.  106 deaths were reported so far.  More than 300 were admitted in different hospitals in serious conditions.

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said the incident was unprecedented and alarming, adding that the rescue operations at the temple were over.  PM Narendra Modi also visited the site today to take stock of the situation.  Congress VP Rahul Gandhi met the  injured persons at AA Rahim Memorial Hospital in Kollam and others who are in Trivandrum Medical College.  In the meantime,  condolences are pouring in from many world leaders as well.


How should we react to this tragedy as a believer apart from praying for the families of those who are dead and for those who are in critical condition?  What is your opinion about such practices connected with worship in India and around the world?  Worship, how do you define ‘worship’ from a believer’s perspective?  How do you perceive  Jesus’ explanation given to the Samaritan woman about true worship, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” (John 4:24)?  Let’s start a dialogue.