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‘Tamil Thai Vazhthu’ is prayer song, not National Anthem: Madras High Court

The ‘Tamil Thai Vaazhthu’, an invocation, is only a prayer song and not a National Anthem and hence, there is no need for every one to remain in standing posture when it is rendered, the Madras High Court bench here has ruled.

Justice G R Swaminathan gave the ruling recently while quashing an FIR registered against “Nam Tamilar Katchi” (NTK) functionaries by the Remeswaram police in Ramanathapuram district, in 2018.

The then Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit released a Tamil-Sanskrit dictionary at a function held in Music Academy, Chennai in the presence of the Pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi on January 24, 2018.

When the invocation song to Mother Tamil, “Tamil Thai Vaazhthu” was played, the seer remained seated .

Kan Ilango, now associated with NTK and then part of “Tamilar Desiya Munnani”, and his men entered the branch of the Kanchi Mutt in Rameswaram, shouting slogans, condemning the Shankaracharya.

They allegedly entered the Mutt premises wearing footwear. When the Mutt manager protested, he was criminally intimidated. Hence, a case was registered against them for offences under various sections of the IPC including rioting and criminal intimidation.

Hence, the present criminal original petition from Ilango, challenging the FIR. Justice Swaminathan noted that Sec. 3 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 states whoever intentionally prevents the singing of the National Anthem or causes disturbance to any assembly engaged in such singing shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

Allowing the petition, the Madras HC also pointed out that there is no statutory or executive order requiring the attendees to stand up when Tamil Thai Vazhthu is sung. It was not a National Anthem.

But highest reverence and respect ought to be shown to Tamil Thai Vaazhthu. It is true that the members of the audience conventionally stand up whenever Tamil Thai Vaazhthu is sung.

But the question is whether this is the only mode in which respect can be shown. When we celebrate pluralism and diversity, insisting there can be only one way of showing respect, it reeks of hypocrisy.

One should not forget that a Sanyasi occupies a special place in social and cultural life. Emperors and Kings have prostrated before Sanyasis and Fakirs.

In the epics whenever a Sanyasi entered the royal court, the King will step down from his throne and pay his respects. On becoming a Sanyasi, the person suffers a civil death.

He must be taken to have a re-birth. A Sanyasi primarily leads a life of piety. When in prayer, he is invariably found in a meditative posture. Since Tamil invocation is a prayer song, a Sanyasi is certainly justified in sitting in a state of meditation.

In the instant case, the pontiff is seen sitting in a Dhyana (meditative) posture with his eyes closed. It was his way of expressing his reverence and respect for Mother Tamil, the judge said and also set aside the case pending before the Rameswaram police station.

Hindu centres of faith were left humiliated for years, but Modi govt restoring their glory: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the centres of faith of the Hindu community were left humiliated for many years and nobody cared to bring back their glory until the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, which is now working “fearlessly” for the renovation of such sites.

He said earlier people used to be ashamed of visiting temples, but a new era began with the Modi government.

Shah was speaking here at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Umiyadham temple, dedicated to Maa Umiya, the reigning deity of the Kadva Patidar sect.

The temple and other buildings are being built a cost of Rs 1,500 crore on 74,000 square yards of land.

“For many years, the centres of faith of the Hindu community were left humiliated, and nobody took the initiative to bring the glory back until Modi came to power at the Centre with full majority,” he said while addressing a gathering.

Shah mentioned the Kashi Vishwanath corridor project at Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh that Modi will inaugurate on December 13, and the foundation stone ceremony of Rs 150 crore Vindhyachal Corridor Project (VCP) in Mirzapur that he performed in August this year.

“Today, as the foundation stone laying ceremony of a grand temple is being performed by Arya samaji (Governor of Gujarat) Acharya Devvrat, I would like to say that Modiji has worked fearlessly and with faith and respect for the renovation of our forgotten centres of faith,” Shah said.

The PM unveiled the statue of Adi Shankaracharya and revived the centre of faith of crores of Hindus at Kedarnath temple after the region was devastated by flash floods in 2013, he added.

“We will see the renovation of Kashi Vishwanath temple at the hands of (PM) Narendrabhai on December 13 that was destroyed in the era of Aurangzeb,” he said.

According to Shah, three months ago he himself laid the foundation stone for the construction of a grand temple of Hindu Goddess Ma Vindhyavashini at Mizapur in Uttar Pradesh, as the idol of the deity was hidden in a house due to the fear of attacks by Muslim invaders.

“We have seen how earlier people would be ashamed of visiting a temple. But a new era began in the country after Narendrabhai performed ‘ganga aarti’ after rubbing the ashes of Kashi Vishwanath following an invite by the President (to form the government at the Centre),” the minister said.

Shah said temples have not just been religious centres, but they are also centres of social service and centres of energy for those disappointed with life to get over their difficulties and move ahead.

On the occasion, the BJP leader praised the Patidar community and said the history of the upliftment of Gujarat and the country is linked to the community.

He also said that other organisations should learn from the Umiya Mata temple trust, which has set up a social and scientific system, where contributions from donors from the community are used to construct temples and ensure that nobody remains deprived.

National Conference calls for return of Pandits

The minority cell of the National Conference (NC) on Saturday passed three resolutions, which among others called for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and their political empowerment.

The resolutions, which also demanded passage of a bill for managing the affairs of temples and shrines of the community, were presented at the start of the day-long convention chaired by party president Farooq Abdullah here.

“The Kashmiri migrant Pandit community is yearning for their honourable return and rehabilitation for the past three decades. The issue is very important,” senior leader Anil Dhar said as he presented the “politically important” resolutions that were passed by a voice vote.
‘Pejavar Swamiji of Udupi against distribution of eggs at schools

UDUPI: As the Karnataka government has started providing boiled eggs and bananas to children studying in government-aided schools, there are objections to this decision by various quarters.

Coming to oppose the state government’s move on Thursday was Sri Vishwaprasanna Theertha Swamiji of Sri Pejavar Matha, Udupi.

Speaking to reporters here, the seer said that food is the choice of individuals and none can force it. Every community has its own food habit and the government’s job is not to force the kids to have eggs, he said.

Regarding the state government’s proposed bill against religious conversions, Pejavar seer said the religious conversions have spoiled many families and the recent incident where the entire family decided to perish in Mangaluru shows how cruel the religious conversion act is. This has to stop. If somebody is converting at will, it is acceptable. But forcible religious conversion is against social norms, he said.

Tungabhadra River Arathi Mantaps on the lines of Ganga Aarti in Kashi: CM Bommai

The Karnataka government has announced building of Tunga Arathi mantaps in the state on the banks of Tungabhadra river, on the lines of Ganga Aarti in Kashi, at a cost of Rs 30 crore.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai made the announcement on Thursday.

Speaking after releasing the logo, audio record and T-shirt of Hara Jathre being organised by Panchamasali Gurupeetha based in Harihar, he stated that the project would be launched on January 14 and 15 as part of Hara Jathtre.

Hara in spiritual domain means power, in regular life it means the almighty God who resolves all the problems in the world. Those who have faith in Hara will get all their problems resolved.
The Karnataka government has ordered temples under its control to audit the finances after finding out that only 4 out of the 346 top category temples file the audit report every year. 34,563 temples are under Muzrai department’s control and many of them have not filed the reports for the past 10-15 years. This move comes after temple activists requested the government to audit temple finances repeatedly.

Out of the 34,563 temples under Muzrai department, 207 belong to Category-A(with annual income of Rs.25 lakhs in minimum), 139 belong to Category-B(with annual income from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.25 lakh) and 34,217 temples whose revenue is less than Rs.5 lakh belong to Category-C and are not required to audit. (12-12-2021)


Annual Pushpayagam held with celestial grandeur in Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple at Tiruchanoor on Thursday evening.

About 3.5tonnes of varieties of various flowers were offered to Goddess Sri Padmavathi Devi in this unique floral bath served at Sri Krishna Mukha Mandapam in four hours.

Earlier in the afternoon, these flowers were carried in a procession from Asthana Mandapam to the temple.
Vellore’s Jalakandeshwar temple remains waterlogged
It has been at least a couple of weeks since it stopped raining, but Jalakandeshwar temple in Vellore is still waterlogged.
The temple was closed for worship 15 days ago. Though the challenge is huge considering the unprecedented rain, non-cooperation between the Central and State authorities and lack of proper communication within the State machinery has not helped matters.
“In 1991 the temple was under water for almost 55 days, now we are facing a similar situation,” temple trustee Suresh Kumar. “At present, efforts are being made to drain water with pressure. Though rainwater is drained during the day, water seeps back at night.”

“The sluice gates to discharge water from the moat has not been maintained properly and encroachment of the water channel and areas surrounding the fish market is one of the major reasons for water stagnation,” he said.
The temple authorities said, “The tank is huge and if water is released at the current rate, it will take a very long time to drain. We are planning to open the temple for devotees once the waterlogging issue resolves,” added the official.

Suresh Varadharajan, ASI senior conservation assistant, Vellore sub-circle told NEW INDIAN EXPRESS , “Removing encroachments and desilting is the only solution. When it rained continuously I had written a letter to the Collector asking to drain the temple tank. But works got delayed due to various reasons.”




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