A plea was moved in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday seeking direction to conduct the consecration ceremony of Big Temple in Thanjavur in Tamil language. The ceremony at Peruvudaiyar Temple otherwise known as Brihadheeshwarar Temple is scheduled to take place on February 5, 2020.
The petitioner stated that this traditional temple was built by Raja Raja Chola –I between 1003 and 1010 AD, in South bank of Cauvery River in Thanjavur, and also a part of the UNESCO world heritage site.
The temple was built following the agamic principles. Like the Big Temple, the petitioner said Meenakshi Sundareshwarar Temple in Madurai and Natarajar Temple in Chidambaram were also built by following the agama rules. The Saivate saints in various Sangam literature books stated that inner peace and serenity could be enhanced only inside temples that were built as per the agamic principles. As mandated by the saints in their books, poojas and rituals must be done only in Tamil language and ancestors strictly adhered to such practice.
Further, the petitioner attributed a fire accident which occurred during consecration ceremony of Brihadeeshwarar temple earlier, to the ritual being conducted in Sanskrit language. The fire cracker lit near the temple fell on yagasalai, a temporary structure built to perform the rituals and it caught fire which resulted in a stampede when panic stricken devotees rushed to the only entrance of the temple on the eastern side.
A total of 47 people were killed and police report claimed 37 bodies were recovered. It was one of the major fire accidents in the state. Such calamitous incidents occurred only due to the usage of Sanskrit language instead of Tamil in the consecration ceremony, the petitioner argued.
After hearing him, the bench directed to include the Brihadeeshwarar temple administration as respondent in the case, which was posted to further hearing on January 27.