Chennai, Dec 4 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin said that temples are not personal property and that they are meant for the general public. He was speaking after presiding over a mass marriage at the Arulmigu Maruntheeswarar Temple at Thiruvanmiyur on Sunday.
He said that whether it was a democracy or monarchy, temples are for people and added that the temples are for public and not the personal property of some one. He also said that the HR&CE was created by the Justice Party, to change the situation.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that some people were unable to tolerate this and that they were spreading falsehoods and indulging in mudslinging.
31 couple tied the knot and the Chief Minister distributed ‘seervarisai’ or gifts to the couple after the marriage. The Chief Minister said that it was the DMK governments in Tamil Nadu that had consecrated more temples in Tamil Nadu and cited examples during the regime of Kalaignar Karunanidhi.
Stalin said that the present government under him has brought back Rs 3700 crore worth of encroached temple land and added that men from all castes were posted as Archakas or priests. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that the DMK government was fulfilling the wishes of the Dravidian ideologue, Thanthai Periyar.