Chennai: Each and every temple in our country is having a unique history of its own and if there is any failure on our part to protect the temples, it would leave a mark on our culture, said the Madras high court has said.
“It is painful to note that the temple properties are not being maintained properly by the authorities concerned and most of them would never come to limelight. However, in the case at hand, the petitioner made an attempt to ring the bell to celebrate the consecration by following the Agama vithi and also to protect its property” said Justice R. Mahadevan while appointing advocates R.J. Karthick and M. Kannan as advocate commissioners to inspect the premises of the 4,000-year-old Arulmighu Adikesava Perumal Temple, Thiruvattaru, Kalikulam taluk, Kancheepuram district, and file a detailed report with the court on or before October 23, 2017.
The judge was passing interim orders on a petition from M. Ayyappan, the joint secretary of Sri Annapoorani Seva Trust, which is established to maintain the ancient culture and is doing annadhanam at Arulmighu Adikesava Perumal Temple.
The judge said, according to the petitioner the idol in the temple was made with a mixture of materials called, Kadu Sarkarai Yogam with 1,60,008 Saligrama stones. The natural figure was not available in Thiruvattaru since there was no lotus or Brahma on the navel of Lord Perumal. The inner sanctum of the temple was constructed over 4,000 years ago. The style and architecture of the temple were taken as a model to construct Sri Padmanabha Swamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram. In order to protect the property of the temple, the petitioner made a representation to officials concerned on August 7, 2017, however, no action has been taken so far. Hence, the present petition was filed.
On a bare perusal of the materials available on record, this court finds that the ancient temple of our state was being ruined due to loss of attention to maintain the same property. Considering the importance of the issue involved in this petition, this court feels it appropriate to appoint advocate commissioners to inspect the temple premises and report to this court, the judge added and appointed the advocate commissioners....