In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) alleging that the state has outlawed live streaming of Lord Ram Lalla’s “pran pratishtha” (consecration ceremony) at the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Tamil Nadu government to refrain from summarily rejecting such requests.
The court ruled that the mere fact that other communities reside nearby cannot be used as justification for denying permission. Additionally, the state has been requested by the highest court to keep a record of all applications received and rulings made.
The Tamil Nadu government informed the court that holding special poojas or bhajans on the occasion, or screenings of the ceremony, is not prohibited.
This decision follows the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Monday move to the Supreme Court as an urgent matter for hearing against the Tamil Nadu government led by the DMK over an alleged order prohibiting live telecasting of Lord Ram Lalla’s ‘pran-pratishtha’ (consecration ceremony) at the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya on Monday, as well as other public places and temples.
Advocate G Balaji has filed the petition on behalf of BJP state unit secretary Vinoj P Selvam.
“It is respectfully submitted that State Government run by DMK political party has banned live telecast of the auspicious occasion of ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Lord Ram at Ayodhya in all the temples across the state of Tamil Nadu,” according to the news agency.
On this auspicious occasion, the government has also outlawed all forms of poojas, Archana, and Annadanam (poor feeding) bhajans. It further stated that “the State Government’s arbitrary use of power (through police officers) infringes upon fundamental rights protected by the Constitution.”
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserted on Sunday that there had been multiple reports claiming the state government led by MK Stalin had prohibited live streaming of the pran-pratishtha ceremony of Lord Ram Lalla at Ayodhya Ram Mandir, which is set to happen today.
Sitharaman claimed that the state is home to more than 200 temples honoring Lord Ram and that the police are preventing events from being held at privately owned temples.
The government of Tamil Nadu has outlawed viewing the live broadcast of the Ayodha Ram Mandir programs on January 22. There are more than 200 Shri Ram temples in Tamil Nadu. No puja, bhajan, prasadam, or annadanam in the name of Shri Ram is permitted in temples managed by HR and CE. The police are also preventing privately owned temples from hosting events. The Finance Minister wrote on X that “They are threatening organizers that they will rip off pandals.”
The state, however, refuted the claims, calling them “false news with ulterior motives.”
“vehemently denounce the dissemination of misleading information aimed at deflecting attention away from the DMK Youth Conference taking place in Salem.In a social media post, he said, “It is regrettable that those in positions of authority, such as Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and others, are deliberately spreading this false information.
The state minister went on, “Devotees’ freedom to offer food, conduct poojas in Shri Ram’s name, or provide prasad in Tamil Nadu temples hasn’t been limited in any way by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department.”
The ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Shri Ram Lalla at the Ayodhya Temple is scheduled for today at 12:30 PM. Saints, a number of notable visitors, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will preside over the momentous ceremony.