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Chennai (PTI): the Madras High Court on Saturday held that there will be no restriction on reciting Tamil hymns, 'Thirumarais' in functions held in non-agamic temples- shrines which do not follow rules prescribed in Agama Shastra.
Justice V Ramasubramanian said there will be no restriction on the defendents-- Thamizh Vazhipattu Payirchi Mayyam (TVPM), M Shanmugham, publisher of "Deiva Murasu" and Secretary, Tamil Development Department and Commissioner of HR and CE Department from using Thirumarais in functions held in non-agamic temples.
The court said there will also be no restriction on them from using Thirumarais in any domestic function to which they are invited.
Pending of a case seeking recovery of a sum of Rs 10 lakh as damages for using Thirumarai in non-agamic temples, four persons had filed applications to restrain the defendents from using "Thirumarais" as rituals in domestic functions and in temple functions like Kumbabishekams, Perum Santis, Homas, Velvis, Yagnas and the like.
The applications also sought to restrain the TVPM from conducting courses and issuing certificates on the hymns.
The court said there would be no restriction in holding courses and issuing certificates, but the TVPM should make it clear to the students that it will be subject to the outcome of the case seeking damages.