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TN to allow public worship in Temples only after Covid cases fall, Minister

Chennai, June 18(BPNS)

Tamil Nadu minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE), P.K.Sekar Babu has said that the government will allow public worship in temples only after the Covid cases are under control and there is zero death in the state owing to the pandemic.

The Minister on Friday, told reporters at Sri Meenakshi Sundareswar temple, Madurai that the government is working towards bringing the Covid -19 cases down in the state. He said,” Temples will be allowed public worship as soon as the Covid -19 cases are under control and the state reports zero deaths due to Covid.”

P.K.Sekar Babu also said that the “Kumbabishekham” of the Sree Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple will be performed after the renovation of the Veera Vasantharayar Mandapam which is to be completed in two years. The mandapam was destroyed by fire in 2018.

The minister said that the previous AIADMK government did the renovation work of the Veera Vasantharayar Mandapam at a very slow pace or at a snail’s pace and added,” We will renovate it in the speed of a rabbit”.

The HR&CE minister said that the details of the temple jewelry will not be uploaded online as it would be a major safety issue. He said that the department would build strong rooms in all the temples for the safekeeping of jewelry.

P.K. Sekar Babu said that the department would take all steps to provide the best of the treatment to the Sree Meenakshi Sundareswar temple elephant, Parvathy who was suffering from cataracts in both eyes. He said that if need be doctors from other states or even abroad may be brought for the treatment of the temple elephant.

He also said that the government was committed to the welfare of all the 30 temple elephants in the state.

The HR&CE Minister was accompanied by Madurai MLA and state finance minister, PTR Thiagarajan and Minister for Commercial Taxes, P Moorthy.