PIL calls for cell phones to be banned inside Subramaniaswamy Temple

A priest from Subramaniaswamy temple in Tiruchendur, Thoothukudi district has moved Madurai Bench from Madras High Court to petition the state to ban the use of mobile phones inside the temple.

Petitioner Mr Seetharaman said the temple was an ancient temple and the rules of the agama played a vital role in the worship and administration of the temple. The Agama rules of each Hindu temple prohibit the use of cameras to film and take pictures of deeparadhanai, pujas and deities.

Therefore, cameras and video cameras are not allowed by the temple administration to be taken inside the temple premises. However, nowadays mobile phones are used for taking snapshots and for video coverage. Devotees take snapshots of idols and pujas. Temple staff are facing difficulties as a result, he said.

The Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments has taken action to prevent worshipers from carrying mobile phones inside the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai. Separate changing rooms have been set up outside the temple premises. The same should be extended to Subramaniaswamy Temple in Tiruchendur, he said.

The authorities, as guardians of the temple, should take effective measures to prohibit the use of cell phones inside the temple, the petitioner said. A divisional bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and J. Sathya Narayana Prasad ordered a notice to the authorities and asked them to look into the matter.