Madras High Court Bans Use Of Mobile Phones Inside Temples

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Tamil Nadu, 3rd December 2022: In many temples, instructions such as ‘Keep mobile off’, ‘Keep calm, and ‘No taking photos’ can be seen. These instructions are given by the temple administration. But now, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has directed a complete ban on the use of mobile phones in temples.

 

A petition in this regard was submitted by the Subramaniya Swamy Temple administration of Tiruchendur. After the hearing, the court directed the Tamil Nadu government to ban mobile phones in temples across Tamil Nadu. It has also been mentioned that these instructions have been given to maintain purity and sanctity in the temple.

 

The temple administration had demanded a ban on mobile phones in that temple. However, while passing the order, the court directed a ban on mobile phones in temples across the state. Vritta Live Law has stated that mobile phones should be banned to maintain sanctity and purity in the temple.

 

The petition was filed last month. Subramaniya Swamy Temple is an ancient temple. ‘Agam’ rules play an important role in the management of the temple. According to this, mobile phones or cameras or photography are prohibited. But nowadays photos or videos are also taken on mobile phones. Photographs are taken of idols and rituals. It is argued in the petition that other devotees are also suffering from it.

 

Meanwhile, the court was informed by the petitioners that notice boards have been put up at various places in the temple stating that the use of mobile phones and cameras is prohibited. The temple administration also requested the court that the devotees coming to the temple should dress appropriately.

 

While passing judgment on this, the court ordered a ban on the use of mobile phones not only in Subramaniya Swamy temple but in all temples in the state. Also, the court has ordered that lockers should be arranged for keeping mobile phones outside the temple so that the devotees do not get inconvenienced.