New Delhi: A division bench of the Madras High Court, comprising Justices PN Prakash and R Hemalatha, observed that people belonging to other religions and having faith in a Hindu deity could not be denied entry into a temple.
The observation was made while addressing a public interest litigation that sought to prevent non-Hindus from participating in the Kumbabishegam of Arulmighu Adikesava Perumal at Thirukovil in Thiruvattar, Bar and Bench reported. The case is C Soman v. Secretary, Hindu Religious Charitable Department and Others.
The petition was filed by a devotee named C Soman as a result of an invitation to the conduct Kumbabishegam festival. A Christian minister was invited to attend the same. While dealing with the case, the bench observed that several devotional songs penned by Dr KJ Yesudas, a Christian, are played in various places of worship.
While dealing with the issue, the Court highlighted how even the devotional songs of Yesudas rendered on various Hindu Gods are played without any demur in other places of worship such as in Nagore Dargah and Velankanni Church.
Moreover, it was also observed that when a public festival like the Kumababishegam of a temple is performed, it will be impossible for the authorities to check the religious identity of every devotee for the purpose of permitting his entry into the temple.
Consequently, the Court dismissed the petition.