Pulling up the State government for not maintaining the list of temples that are over 100 years old, the Madras High Court on Wednesday wondered what the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department is doing.
The First Bench of Chief justice S.K. Kaul and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam made it clear that the objective of the court was to identify heritage temples with archaeological and religious significance and make sure that maintenance and renovation of the temples were carried out in such a manner that there was no damage to the structure.
When a batch of petitions on renovating heritage temples came up for hearing, counsel for the petitioners submitted that they had given a list of names of persons who are experts in temple rituals and practises and the government was not considering it.
P.S. Raman, who heads the team of experts appointed by the court to check the damage caused to temples due to renovation, submitted that structures of several temples, including the 1000-year-old Sri Rangam, were damaged due to cement plastering and installation of electrical fittings.
Recording the submissions, the Bench said told the Additional Advocate General that some parameters should be laid for renovation or any work that had to be carried out in temples. “We have to preserve heritage structures and there should be a collective role,” the Bench said.
“Even for the renovation of the High Court, we have taken the recourse of other agencies to carry out the work in the manner to maintain the original glory”, the court noted and posted the petitions to November 30 for hearing.