Government should not interfere in rituals of temples, says former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan suggested that the practice of providing special darshan for VIPs at the temple should be done away with.

By: PTI | Kozhikode | Published: August 23, 2016 5:27 am
Oommen Chandy, Oommen Chandy temples, kerala temples, temple ban, Pinarayi Vijayan, Sabarimala temple, Sabarimala kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan Sabarimala temple, india news, kerala news Kerala’s former chief minister Oommen Chandy said ministries were created and ministers appointed for the convenience of governance and not to take decisions on rituals and customs. (Source: File photo)

With the ruling LDF supporting the entry of women of all ages in the Sabarimala hill shrine, former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said the government should not interfere on issues relating to customs and rituals of temples. “Decisions on such issues should be taken by eligible persons after holding discussions at appropriate platforms. The ministries have been created and ministers appointed for the convenience of governance and not to take decisions on rituals and customs,” he told reporters in Kozhikode.

The freedom provided to other religions to follow their customs and rituals should also be given to Hindus and a controversy should not be created on the rituals of the hill shrine of Sabarimala. “As the government is not interfering in the beliefs of other religions, it should not interfere in Hindu beliefs also,” he said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had on August 18, during a review meeting of various facilities at the hill shrine of Sabarimala, suggested that the practice of providing special darshan for VIPs at the temple should be done away with and that the Tirupati temple model queue system for pilgrims needs to be introduced.

He also wanted the shrine be kept open on all the days in a year. However, his suggestions were turned by Prayar Gopalakrishnan, President of Travancore Devaswom Board which manages the world famous shrine, and heated exchange followed between them.

Responding to queries on the LDF government’s reported plan to formulate a media policy, the Congress leader said it was not right to put restrictions on media in a democratic system. “Freedom of the press is an important aspect of the democratic system. In a democracy, it is not right to put restrictions on media,” he said.

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  1. Madhava Murthy Bommathanahalli
    Aug 23, 2016 at 1:36 am
    If politicians and Courts start interfering in religious matters then what is the role of religious heads? There are certain areas where interference by politicians or judiciary is not desirable unless and until the situation gets out of control.
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      madan gupta
      Aug 23, 2016 at 11:27 pm
      the corrupt judges can easily touch the temples, they cannot dare to interfere in any other religion, otherwise their family will be kidnapped and murdered.
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