Reportedly madras high court has ordered the tamilnadu hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department to file responses in a petition that seeks the Kumbabishekam consecration ceremony of thanjavur Brihadeeswarar temple to be held in tamil instead of Sanskrit. Meanwhile the court directed the government of tamilnadu, Archaeological survey of india, the district collector of thanjavur, and the temple administrator to file their responses on a petition filed by Senthilnathan of Thanjavur.
Meanwhile in his petition, Senthilnathan said that the thanjavur temple is the pride of tamilnadu and the Tamils, and therefore, the Kumbabishekam must be conducted in Tamil. Perhaps the temple was built by tamil king raja raja Chola around 1,100 years ago and the Kumbabishekam ceremony of the temple is scheduled to take place on february 5, after many years. However, arrangements have been made to conduct the ceremony without chanting the holy verses in Tamil. Furthermore in his petition, Senthilnathan also mentioned that he had filed a query with the officials in december regarding this, but there was no response to it.
Moreover the case came up for hearing on wednesday in the madurai bench of the madras high court before Justice Duraisamy and Justice Ravindran. Apparently the HR&CE department filed a response in the court stating that tamil hymns will be chanted from february 1 to february 5 and that the arrangements are being made as per hindu Agama rules. Further to this, the petitioner’s counsel sought clarity from the department on the Kumbabishekam ceremony. Moreover government of tamilnadu has formed a 21 member high-level committee to monitor the arrangements for the Kumbabishekam event which was last done in 1997.