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Madras High Court’s Landmark Decision for Temple Maintenance

In a landmark decision, the Madras High Court has granted permission to residents’ associations and groups of individuals to clean temple premises and preserve heritage in their localities. Following complaints from residents who were denied permission by temple executive officers, the Division Bench of the Madras High Court issued detailed guidelines outlining the role of people in maintaining temples. According to the judgment, residents can now approach the jurisdictional Joint Commissioner of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, submit a representation, and request permission to carry out Uzhavara pani (maintenance work) in the temple.

The Joint Commissioner is directed to consider the request within seven days and pass orders accordingly. While residents are allowed to clean temple premises, remove overgrown vegetation, and paint gates, they are not permitted to engage in renovation or refurbishment activities. However, devotees involved in maintenance work cannot claim any rights over the temple. The HR and CE Department are also mandated to take necessary steps to maintain the temple and conduct periodic inspections, ensuring the preservation of heritage structures for future generations. This decision is welcomed by residents and local councilors, who see it as a significant step towards improving public health and preserving heritage in their localities.