Madras HC allows entry of non-Hindus in temples, cites playback singer Yesudas in its order

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Thiruvananthapuram: Hindu organizations have filed an appeal against the verdict of the Madras High Court(Madurai Bench) that allows all believers to enter temples. Earlier, Hindu Munnani in Tamil Nadu filed a plea demanding that non-Hindus must be barred from entering temples. However, the division bench dismissed this petition and allowed believers from all religions to enter the temple.

The verdict was pronounced on a petition seeking to bar Tamil Nadu IT Minister Mano Thangaraj from attending the Mahakumbabhishekam at Thiruvattar Adikesava temple in the Kanyakumari district. Hindu Munnani state leader C Soman claimed in his petition that IT Minister is a Christian and he should not be allowed to enter the temple.

Earlier, Hindu organizations had also tried to prevent Mano Thangaraj from participating in the Rathotsavam at Velimala Kumara Kovil. The Kumbhabhishekam of Tiruvattar temple was on July 6. The Division Bench verdict concerning the petition came days before this event. Following this, Mano Thankaraj participated in the event without any protest.

During a public event like Kumbhabhishekam, the authorities cannot check the religion of all devotees who attend the event. If a person from another religion has faith in a particular Hindu deity, he/she cannot be barred from entering the temple, observed the court.

The court also cited that KJ Yesudas, a Christian by birth, had sung devotional songs of various Hindu deities and is played in many temples. The court also pointed out that many Hindus come to worship at Velankanni and Nagore Dargah in Tamil Nadu.

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