Devotees with mobiles will not be given entry in any temple in Tamil Nadu. While hearing a PIL, the High Court has banned mobiles in all these temples.
The Madras High Court of Tamil Nadu has ordered the state government to completely ban mobiles in temples. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Friday gave this order to the state government while hearing a PIL related to it. The Madras High Court has given this decision keeping in mind the need to maintain the “sanctity” of places of worship.
Similar rules are applicable in other temples of the country.
A division bench of Justices R Mahadevan and J Satya Narayan Prasad noted that similar restrictions are in place in other temples across the country to “prevent nuisance to devotees” and the rule is successful. The court pronounced the order while disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by M Sitharaman.
There was a demand to ban mobiles in Subramaniam Swamy temple
Let us tell you that in this PIL, Sitharaman had demanded a ban on mobile phones inside the Subramaniam Swamy temple at Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu. In which he said that devotees are taking pictures of idols and worship with their phones.
What did Sitharaman write in the petition
Subramaniam Swamy Temple is an ancient temple and Agama rules such as Niyama that prohibit the use of cameras to record or shoot pictures of the deities, played an important role in the worship and administration of the temple. After implementing this rule, the temple staff have to face difficulty. The use of mobile phones puts the security of the temple and its valuables at risk. He also expressed apprehension that there are potential opportunities to take photographs of women devotees without their consent, which would be misused.
The Madras High Court said this while giving its verdict
It is pertinent to note that temples are great institutions and they have traditionally been a part of everyone’s life. Temple is not only a place of worship but also an integral part of the socio-cultural and economic life of the people. It is a living tradition that still attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees who want to experience the divinity and spirituality offered by the temple. The systems and structures that support this experience make a temple a temple to its own management needs. The Agamas lay down the rules regarding the rituals to be followed in the worship services in the temple. Accordingly, the temple authorities should ensure that the decency of worship and the sanctity of the temple is maintained.
Know on what basis this decision was taken
According to Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, all persons are entitled to freely profess, practice and propagate religion. However, such freedom to act and practice may be subject to regulations inside the premises of the temple.
Can temples themselves make these rules
According to the rules of the Tamil Nadu Temple Entrance Authority Act, 1947, the trustee or any authority in charge of the temple may make rules for the maintenance of order and decorum in the premises. At the same time, he will enforce such rules that the rules should not prejudice the rights and facilities that the worshipers usually used.
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