The Madras High Court has dismissed a batch of petitions seeking exclusive use of Tamil in conduct of rituals during the consecration of the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, popularly known as the Big Temple, on Feb 5.
A division bench of Justices M Duraiswamy and T Ravindran on Friday rejected the petitions after the Tamil Nadu Government’s Hindu and Charitable Endowments Act said conduct of rituals Sanskrit was part ceremonies and that Tamil would be given equal importance.
The judges pointed out that the HR& CE had said Tamil would be used during Yagasalai poojas from Feb 1 to 5 and Mahaabishegam( Consecration) on Feb 5. Tamil hymns from Thirumarai and Abirami Anthathi would be chanted .
The Government also said sufficient Odhuvars ( priests) to chant Tamil hymns.
The court said it was rejecting the plea of the petitioners as the State had given an assurance that Tamil would be given prominence on a par with the Sanskrit as per the Agama principles as done earlier.
The court also directed the Government to file a compliance report within a month after the ceremony.
Claiming the Government’s assurance that Tamil would be given equal importance along with Sanskrit, main challenger and Tamil nationalist P Maniarasan said it was a victory for him.