Popular balladeer Gaddar has abandoned Maoism and is taking refuge in spiritualism. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the 67-year old founder of Jana Natya Mandali, a cultural wing of CPI (ML) People’s War Group, has visited various temples in Telangana and participated in religious rituals.

Gaddar’s songs had inspired many to take up arms against the state. The refrain in his songs was the state was the embodiment of exploitation and it should be ousted through armed rebellion.

Disillusioned with the Maoist ideology, he is seeking solace in spirituality, the report says. Gaddar recently visited Yadadri temple in Bhongir district and offered prayers to Lord Lakshminarasimha Swamy.

“I prayed to the Lord to bestow the new state of Telangana with good rains and the people with the strength to fight against injustice,” Gaddar told HT reporter.

In January, Gaddar performed “abhisekham” of Lord Siva at the famous Somanath temple at Palakurthi in Janagam district and offered prayers. Before that, he along with his wife Vimala and daughter -in-law Saritha visited the famed Komuravelli Mallanna temple of Siddipet district, participated in Laksha Bilwarchana and enthralled the people with his songs on Lord Siva.