Madras HC bats for free darshan in temples – The New Indian Express

Chennai News

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has said paid darshan should not be allowed in temples because middlemen have no business to do between devotees and deities.

Hearing a batch of petitions on various issues concerning temples administered by the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department on Monday, a division bench comprising Justices R Mahadevan and PD Audikesavalu said, “Everyone should be treated equally before God. There shouldn’t be any middlemen acting between the devotees and the God.”

It directed a petitioner, Rangarajan Narasimhan, of Tiruchy, who had orally complained about the prevalence of paid darshan at the Srirangam temple in Tiruchy, to file a petition regarding the matter. The bench also asked the government to submit a report indicating steps to regulate such darshan.

In another petition, filed by one Radhakrishnan, the court ordered the State government to submit a detailed report on the arrears of rentals lessees owe the HR&CE department. “We should know the exact amount of district-wise arrears, and cases pending before civil courts,” the bench stated.