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Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and Vishwa Hindu Parishad international president Ashok Singhal at the Chidambaram temple on Tuesday.
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and Vishwa Hindu Parishad international president Ashok Singhal at the Chidambaram temple on Tuesday.

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Women of Podhu Dikshithars’ families tearfully seek restoration of temple

CUDDALORE: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy will file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict of the Madras High Court Division Bench upholding the takeover of the Chidambaram Natarajar Temple by the Tamil Nadu government.

Dr. Swamy along with Vishwa Hindu Parishad international president Ashok Singhal and VHP working president S. Vedantham offered worship at the Natarajar temple on Tuesday.

When they were going around the temple a group of women belonging to the Podhu Dikshithars’ families and members of the Hindu Temples’ Protection Committee, led by Geetha Anbalagan, with tearful eyes appealed to them to restore the temple to the Podhu Dikshithars.

The leaders categorically said: “We will win, we will win” (the matter is now before the Supreme Court).

Addressing a gathering at the temple, Dr. Swamy termed the takeover a political conspiracy. Even in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata setbacks preceded the victory in the main battles.

The Janata Party and the VHP would join hands with intellectuals to get back the temple from the government, he said.

Dr Swamy further said that none could destroy the Hindu force that constituted 83 per cent of the total population. A death knell was now sounded against those who were undermining dharma. Siva Thandavam (the ferocious cosmic dance of Lord Siva) would render them powerless.

Mr. Singhal said Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi should take note of the fact that the Karnataka High Court had struck down the entire Hindu Religious Endowment Act in that State, holding it ultra vires to the Constitution.

Later, addressing a press conference, Dr Swamy said he would argue the case himself in the Supreme Court. Article 26 of the Constitution gave protection to the Podhu Dikshithars and Section 107 of the HR and CE Act also upheld the rights. However, the High Court had overlooked this provision, Dr. Swamy said.

He alleged that irregularities persisted in many temples run by the HR & CE Department. For instance, at Palayamkottai DMK men had built houses on the Durgai Amman temple land and this was promptly brought to the notice of HR & CE Minister Periakaruppan.

Dr. Swamy said that if there were doubts over the handling of the Chidambaram temple accounts, criminal proceedings could be initiated. The takeover was not the solution, he said.

VHP plan

The VHP would soon launch a “temple liberation movement” across the country demanding that all temples be reverted to to the respective denominations or sects, said Mr. Singhal.

Addressing a press conference at Chidambaram near here, Mr. Singhal said the State government needlessly disturbed the 700-year-old tradition of Podhu Dikshithars administering the affairs of the temple.

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