Legendary playback singer K.J. Yesudas has been given permission to pray at the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The temple administrative committee took the decision based on an appeal from the singer, said temple chief executive officer V Ratheesan.
A member of the erstwhile Travancore Royal family, who is also a member of the temple committee, said that Yesudas, born to a Roman Catholic family, has been given permission to pray at the temple on the occasion of Vijayadashami on September 30. The temple authorities have made it clear that anyone who believes in Hinduism can visit the Padmanabha Swamy Temple and there are no restrictions on that.
As luck would have it his song ‘Harivarasanam’, a lullaby for Lord Ayyappa, is one of the biggest devotional hits. Every night, the song is played at Sabarimala temple to put Lord Ayyappa to sleep.*
Yesudas in his signing career, that has entered its 56th year, has recorded more than 1,00,000 songs in 14 languages. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2017.