HC stays meditation camp at Thanjavur temple

MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras prime court on Friday stayed a two-day meditation camp through non secular leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living Foundation at the Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, which is a Unesco heritage site.
The court stayed the event after a public interest litigation sought cancellation of permission granted to a private event at a spot of worship.

Petitioner N Venkatesh of Kumbakonam said that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the state's Hindu non secular and charitable endowments (HR&CE) division had granted permission to the event called “Unveiling Infinity” -- an immersive meditation programme -- to be held on Friday night time and on Saturday.

The petitioner pointed out that the temple is over 1,000 years outdated and is an Unesco heritage site.

"The authorities are allowing a private party to conduct meeting and have allowed installation of tents very close to the temple without showing any sense of preserving a monument," the petitioner said.

He pointed out that the National Green Tribunal used to be vital of the Art of Living's previous assembly in 2016 at the banks of Yamuna river and slapped a Rs 5crore advantageous at the foundation. The government had erred through granting permission to a person who had already been identified a violator, the petitioner said.

A department bench of Justice Okay Okay Sasidharan and Justice P D Audikesaavalu granted an period in-between keep at the approaching event and directed the Thanjavur district management to ensure all temporary constructions set up at the temple premises are got rid of.

HC stays meditation camp at Thanjavur temple HC stays meditation camp at Thanjavur temple Reviewed by Kailash on December 08, 2018 Rating: 5
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