Deciding a contempt of court docket petition filed now for disobedience of a 105-year-old judgment of the Madras Excessive Courtroom handed throughout the British period in 1915, the court docket has directed the Government Trustee of Devarajaswamy Devasthanam in Kancheepuram to lodge a police grievance if a dispute between Vadagalai and Thengalai sects in reciting Prabandham throughout temple festivals snowballs right into a regulation and order downside.
Justice S.M. Subramaniam ordered that the Government Trustee ought to first invite the Thengalai sect throughout the festivals and on such invitation, they need to be permitted to recite first two strains of Srisailesa Dayapathram (preliminary recital). After they full, the trustee ought to allow the Vadagalai sect to begin the primary two strains of Ramanuja Dayapathram (preliminary recital). Thereafter, each of them ought to recite the Prabandham collectively.
On completion of recital of Prabandham, the Thengalai sect ought to be permitted to recite the concluding Manavalamamunigal Vaazhithirunamam and thereafter the Vadagalai sect ought to be allowed to recite Desikan Vazhi Thirunamam.
Accordingly, the method of recitals ought to be concluded. If any of the 2 sects was unwilling to recite the Mantrams and Prabandhams, the officer ought to allow the sect which expresses willingness, the choose ordered.
“The first respondent (trustee) is directed to register a police complaint in the event of any law and order problem or otherwise during performance of the Puja festivals. On such complaint, jurisdictional police shall register a complaint, investigate the same and initiate appropriate actions in accordance with law,” the choose mentioned after ordering that each one different spiritual practices throughout the festivals ought to be adopted by as schemes permitted by the courts in earlier years.
“In the event of violation of any of these directions issued in this contempt Petition, it will be treated as contempt of court and the first respondent Executive Trustee/Assistant Commissioner is directed to file an application before this court,” the choose made clear after expressing dismay over the recital of the Prabandham within the temple having been stopped for the final two years because of the never-ending disputes between individuals belonging to the 2 sects.
The current contempt petition had been filed alleging that the Government Trustee was not following the judgment handed by a Division Bench of the Excessive Courtroom comprising Justices Sankaran Nair and Oldfield on January 15, 1915 on an attraction most popular in 1910. The petitioner additionally mentioned, one other judgment of the Excessive Courtroom handed on March 24, 1969 on an attraction most popular in 1963 had been violated and therefore the trustee ought to be punished for contempt of court docket.
After perusing each the judgments, Justice Subramaniam identified that not one of the them forestall Vadagalai sect from reciting the Prabandham.
“Thus, the grievance made on behalf of the Thengalai sect that they alone ought to be permitted to recite Prabandhams can by no means be permitted. Each the Vadagalai and Thengalai sects ought to be permitted to recite Prabandhams and there can’t be another opinion as within the occasion of allowing a specific sect would end in unconstitutionality,” he mentioned.
Even within the 1969 verdict, the court docket had mentioned: “Tolerance and mutual respect are the hallmarks of Hinduism and it is a pity that these two sects of Vaishnavites who profess to be the followers of great saints and savants are so intolerant against each other even in respect of small and unimportant rituals and ceremonies. We can only hope that the people belonging to these two sects would realise the futility of this kind of useless and wasteful litigation and stop their acrimonious fight.”