Temple premises have turned into shopping centres, instead of a place for worship : Madras High Court

  • This is an outcome of the governmentalisation of temples. The establishment of Hindu Rashtra is essential to bring an end to it.
  • These kinds of attacks on Hindu Dharma are bound to happen so long as a Hindu-hating ruling party like Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) is in power. Hindus should unite and oppose such actions lawfully.

Chennai – The Madras High Court has expressed displeasure over the construction of shopping centres instead of using the temple premises for worship related purposes. High Court also reprimanded the temple administration. K Suresh, President of the Dharmasena organisation had filed a petition regarding worship at Adikesava temple in Kanyakumari. K Suresh sought restoration of certain daily rituals at the Adikesava temple as per its scriptures (Agamams) at par with the Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram. On this, the Court said it cannot rule on this matter and an appropriate forum should be contacted.

Madras High Court said,

  1. The authorities leased out temple properties for commercial purposes which are unrelated to the objective of worship, thereby degrading the heritage.
  2. Using temple property for commercial purposes has turned the temple premises into a shopping centre.
  3. Despite the fire accident that had taken place at the Madurai’s Meenakshi Amman temple in 2018, the concerned authorities were yet to mend their ways. (30 shops were burnt in this fire incident).
  4.  Not only the management but the shopkeepers are also to be blamed for this pathetic condition. They have been paying and leasing the temple property for an indefinite time and have now become owners.On the other side, there seems to be a financial crisis. Priests do not get paid on time. Religious traditions are not being followed properly.