The Man who gained the Love of millions of people
In the city of Chennai, the road from Royapettah leading to Kilpauk was flooded with people. People were looking out from the tall buildings located on either side of the road.
One person asked, “Who is coming… why is it so crowded here?”
Another person replied, “They are coming in a procession for the funeral of Dhinakaran…”
He asked again, “The one who would speak about Jesus… So much crowd for this man?” and tried to see the body of bro. Dhinakaran by peeping into the procession.
Brother D.G.S. Dhinakaran passed away on the 20th of February. For three days, people came in multitudes to pay their last respects to his body which was first kept at the ‘Jesus Calls’ Prayer Tower and later on at the Y.M.C.A. Campus. His final procession which took place on the 22nd of February saw the roads of Chennai being filled with thousands of people who gathered out of their love for him.
The Honorable President of the 13th Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu, Mr.R. Aavudaiyappan brought about the mourning resolution in the Legislative Assembly on the 19th of March 2008 for the demise of Bro. D.G.S. Dhinakaran. “This Assembly is greatly shocked and in inconsolable sorrow over the death of renowned Preacher of Christianity, Bro. D.G.S. Dhinakaran on 20.2.2008 at the age of 73 years. He attracted lakhs of people through his great speeches and did the excellent work of spreading love, peace, and brotherhood among them. He also had a great interest in the field of education. This Assembly conveys its deep condolences and support to his family as well as his loved ones who are grieving over his loss.”
This was how the State Assembly condoled the demise of its citizen. The Tamil Nadu Government Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department in its Government order No.23, dated 21.2.2009 changed the name of the road where Bro. D.G.S. Dhinakaran established the ‘Prayer Tower’ to ‘D.G.S. Dhinakaran Road’. The Government honored the service of its citizens who worked selflessly for the people.
Brother D.G.S. Dhinakaran used to comfort crores of people by singing this Tamil song, “Sorndhu pogadhe maname, nee sorndhu pogadhe” in his enchanting voice. Whenever he preached in public meetings on the beach, lakhs of people would gather giving an impression as if the sea has engulfed the land.
Even though the spiritual world said a thousand things, there were questions like “Who is he?” “What is he talking about?” Why do lakhs of people gather for his meetings?” asked others. There is a statement which says, ‘A reporter can enter into a place where even the sun’s rays cannot penetrate.’ Accordingly, reporters were trying to know what D.G.S. Dhinakaran was doing in order to let the people know who he was and what he did.
At that time, there was a weekly magazine being published in Tamil which was called “Thaai”. The interview taken by a reporter under the pseudonym ‘Kanagan’ was published in the “Thaai” magazine dated 21.6.81.