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These small groups and several individuals filed PIL in the Madurai branch of Madras High court seeking direction to the HR & CE to use only Tamil in the consecration ceremony. Yesterday (Friday) the Madurai High Court dismissed a batch of petitions that sought a direction to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) department to conduct the consecration of the Thanjavur Big Temple with the recitation of only Tamil verses.
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A Division Bench of Justices M. Duraiswamy and T. Ravindran observed that ''the proposed consecration ceremony and other functions scheduled for February 5, would be conducted by reciting only Sanskrit verses. The petitioners have not placed any convincing proof to support why the consecration ceremony should be conducted and performed only in Tamil language, other than barely mentioning the same''. Taking into account, the counter filed by the HR & CE (Govt. dept. in charge of Hindu temples) court further observed that ''various rituals and pujas were being done in the temple in accordance with the agama principles. Tamil was given its due place, particularly by chanting Tirumurai''.As for disposal of Dhaanam and gifts, the court said ''each and every worker participating in the function would be receiving it, irrespective of caste or creed. There was no infraction of the Constitutional norm''.
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The court is of the view that ''we do not deem it fit and appropriate to interfere with the religious functions and ceremonies of the temple in question by giving any direction qua the performance of the consecration ceremony on February 5".
The court directed the authorities - HR & CE to file a compliance report on the conduct of the consecration of the Brihadeeswara temple, as proposed by them in their affidavit within four weeks.