Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State government will favourably consider setting up a publication house for Tamil religious books, said K. R. Periyakaruppan, Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments.

Speaking at a function organised here on Sunday to launch the 10-volume series of the English translation of Tirumandiram, he said such a publication house would showcase to the world the greatness of Tamil language.

Tirumandiram, written by Tirumular, comprises over 3,000 verses. The religious poetic work, written more than 1,500 years ago, consists of a dozen chapters that praise Lord Shiva, deal with spirituality and ethics, yoga and tantra. The English translation has been done by a team of scholars and edited by T.N. Ganapathy.

Mr. Periyakaruppan said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was committed to improving the temples.

The Tamil translation of The Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Siddhas and The Voice of Babaji: Triology on Yoga were also launched on the occasion. The publisher of the books Govindan Satchitananda, chairman of Sakthi Group of Companies N. Mahalingam and Dr. Ganapathy spoke.