Temple architecture

Temple cars will be checked before use: minister

Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Minister PK Sekarbabu said on Sunday that measures would be taken to ensure the safety of temple cars.

Speaking to reporters after congratulating two couples married under the Free Marriage Scheme for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), at the Vadapalani Murugan Temple, he said the condition of the temple cars would be checked before they left. come out during festivals. Standards would be issued for the same, he said. A temple car had recently fallen in Pollachi.

Asked about some issues at the Natarajar temple in Chidambaram, where devotees were apparently not allowed to sing or pray at will, the minister said a committee, headed by a co-commissioner, was looking into the issues.

Mr Sekarbabu said that since the launch of free marriages for people with disabilities, more than 100 have been performed in temples. Even if one of the couples were a PwD, the scheme would still apply. The temple would hold the ceremony for free, and if the couple wanted it to take place in the temple’s wedding hall, no rent would be charged.

Regarding the water quality in the reservoirs of the temples, he said that a committee of experts had been appointed to study the same and that once a solution was found, it would also be replicated in other places. other temples.

The minister also asked the public to hand over any ancient temple-related books or manuscripts to the HR and CE headquarters or major temple offices in their area.

Their donation would be recognized and an electronic copy of the book would be provided to them in return. If the books are republished by the ministry, their contribution would be recognized. The department, he said, had planned to publish more books on religion, art and architecture in temples, history and sthala puranam temples.