Tamil Nadu

HC slams temple management for allowing Art of Living event

Court to pass orders in the case on December 20

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday criticised the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the management of the Sri Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur for granting permission to the Art of Living Foundation’s meditation event within the temple premises.

A division bench of Justices K.K. Sasidharan and P.D. Audikesavalu questioned the authorities who were present after being summoned by the court, as to how permission was granted for the event to be held within the temple complex, which included the putting up of makeshift structures within the temple premises.

The ASI, in their response, submitted that permission was granted based on an approval for the same by the temple authorities, who in turn submitted that the permit was sought for conducting ‘bhajans’ alone. Taking cognisance of the submissions made by both parties present, the court said that it would now pass orders in the case on December 20.

‘Disregard for heritage’

The court had earlier summoned the ASI and the temple authorities, after a public interest litigation (PIL) petition was filed by N. Venkatesh of Thanjavur.

The PIL petition stated that the authorities, by allowing temporary structures to be put up within the temple premises, had shown disregard for heritage and had sought a stay on the event.

The court granted an interim injunction against the event, which was to be held in the temple complex.

It also ordered the removal of the makeshift structures that were put up for the event.

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