The MK Stalin-led DMK Government in Tamil Nadu has banned the age-old ‘Pattina Pravesam’ ceremony of the Dharmapuram Adheenam.
In light of this, the head seer of Madurai Adheenam has alleged that he has been getting threats from members of the ruling party.
Sri la Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Swamigal, the head pontiff of Madurai Adheenam, said, “Government threatens me when I ask for the return of Adheenam land, temples and other commercial properties for performing religious duties. Many of Adheenam’s properties are held by ruling party members.”
“I am going to report to the Prime Minister and Home Minister that my life is under threat”, he said, speaking to the reporters.
He also questioned why restrictions are being imposed on only one religion when the country is secular.
Earlier, the head seer of Madurai Adheenam came down heavy on the DMK government for banning the centuries-old Pattina Pravesam ceremony in which the pontiff of Dharmapuram Adheenam is carried on a palanquin by Hindu devotees.
“Dharmapuram Adheenam is 500 yrs old, and for the past 500 years, this (Pattina Pravesam) was going on. But this year, suddenly it’s not happening, I’m pained. Even the British had permitted Pattina Pravesam. After the British, Kalaingar (Karunanidhi),CM Bhaktavatsalam and other CMs allowed it. Nobody stopped it. It’s very unfortunate. My request to CM is, he himself should chair the event and attend the function.”, Sri la Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Swamigal said.
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Source: The Commune