No New Year revelry at temples

It is against Hindu traditions, says Endowments Dept.

December 22, 2017 11:06 pm | Updated 11:06 pm IST - Vijayawada

The Endowments Department has issued an order directing the managements of temples not to create any festive atmosphere in the temples on January 1 (New Year).

The managements have been directed not to spend money on floral decorations, welcome banners for the New Year.

The Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust of the department issued the order on Thursday. Trust’s secretary Chilakapati Vijaya Raghavacharyulu said it had come to the notice of the Endowments Commissioner that the temple managements were spending lakhs of rupees on floral decorations and welcome banners for the New Year. It was not appropriate to spend on the New Year revelry, which was not in accordance with the Hindu tradition, from the donations of the devotees, he said, adding, “Hence, it is directed to follow the suggestion scrupulously.”

Mr. Raghavacharyulu said: “Ugadi, the Telugu new year that is celebrated in Chaitra maasam , is in accordance with the Hindu tradition.”

When contacted, Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam Executive Officer A. Surya Kumari said they had only put up a welcome banner last year. There were no floral decorations. The temple usually made arrangements for festivals such as Sankranti.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.