Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: T. Pichandi, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Commissioner, has passed an order permitting the devotees to recite hymns from Thevaram and Thiruvasagam in the Thiruchitrambalam Hall of Sri Nataraja temple at Chidambaram. The order was issued on April 30, 2007 following a representation made by the septuagenarian Saivite U. Arumughasamy about six months ago, seeking permission to recite Tamil hymns right in front of Thiruchitrambalam.

The Podhu Dikshitars, who are managing the affairs of the temple, had voiced strong opposition to any devotee getting on to Thiruchitrambalam, near the sanctum sanctorum to recite the hymns. The then Joint Commissioner of Mayiladuthurai in an order prohibited any devotee from getting access to Thiruchitrambalam for reciting hymns. Certain human rights organisations had taken up the cause of Mr. Arumughasamy saying that it was violative of the principal of equality.