No construction activity in front of Shri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai

Shri Arunachaleshwara Temple

Chennai – On 30th April, Temple activist and President of Indic Collective Trust, TR Ramesh disclosed that the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HRCE) Department had informed the Madras High Court that it would not proceed with the unauthorised construction of 150 shops on the premises of Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai’s Rajagopuram.

T R Ramesh

According to his petition, the action infringes on the rights of the devotees. It underlined, “The construction of a shopping complex in the frontage of the Temple and in the land belonging to the Temple will cause an impediment to the conduct of festivals and celebrations in the Temple as per Agamas and traditions. Out of 365 days in a year, Tiruvannamalai Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple has festivals for about 240 days. Most of the Temple festival processions or conduct start from the place in front of the Eastern Gopuram. Any construction activity there would be completely limiting the space for the devotees of the Temple to partake in the festivals that would violate their fundamental rights under Articles 25, 26 and 29(1) of the Constitution of India.”