TN govt revokes ban on ‘pattina pravesam’

9 May 2022, 1:44 pm
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Following protests by pontiffs and opposition parties, the DMK government withdrew the ban on pattina pravesam, a centuries-old ritual held by the Dharmapuram Adheenam in Mayiladuthurai in which the mutt head is carried by people in a palanquin. Mayiladuthurai revenue divisional officer J Balaji said in his order that the ban has been revoked based on the representation submitted by the manager of the Adheenam with required documents on May 7.

Sri La Sri Masilamani Desiga Gnanasambandha Paramacharya Swamigal, the seer of Dharmapuram Adheenam, said on the sidelines of a kumbhabishekam ritual at Uthavedeeswarar temple that chief minister M K Stalin has permitted them to go ahead with the ritual scheduled for 22 May.

HR & CE minister P K Sekar Babu said the CM has not bowed to any pressu re and made the decision so as not to offend anyone during the one-year celebrations of the government.