Music legend and Padma awardee K J Yesudas has sought permission to offer prayers at the Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
According to the guidelines only Hindu believers are permitted inside the temple.
Yesudas has sent a request letter along with a declaration of his faith in Hinduism to the temple authorities through a messenger on Saturday evening.
Yesudas’ request will be considered at the Padmanabhaswamy temple’s governing body meeting today.
Born in a Roman Catholic family, Yesudas has been a regular visitor to the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala and Mookambika Temple in Karnataka.
Earlier he was denied permission to enter and offer prayers at the famous Guruvayur Temple in Thrissur district and at the Kadampuzha Devi Temple in Malappuram district, in Kerala, for being a ‘non-Hindu’.
A Padma Vibhushan awardee and won many national and state awards, Yesudas has sung over one lakh songs in various languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi in his 56 year career.
He has also rendered numerous devotional songs in praise of Hindu gods.