Complaints have come up against officials of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Endowment(TNHRCE) board that they ate non-vegetarian food on a temple’s yatri nivas premises. A video of the officials being served chicken, fish and eggs has gone viral on social media. Hindu organisation have filed a complaint against the officials for defacing the place and violating the rules.
The Subrahmanya Swamy temple in Tiruttani is one of the six abodes of Bhagawan Murugan. It is a hill temple in Thiruvallur district. As it is located near the Andhra border devotees from both states throng the temple. Temple administration had built rooms to accommodate devotees at the foothill. Rest houses named Saravana Poigai, Thanigai Kudil and Karthikeyan Kudil (Kudil means hut) are being used now.
The temple is under TNHRCE control, and so it manages these places. Recently, a video of some people being served and eating non-vegetarian food like chicken, mutton, fish, and eggs in Karthikeyan Kudil. Those serving were identified as temple employees, and the two eating were identified as HRCE officials Kalaivanan and Vidyasagar. The video created much uproar among the devotees who condemned the incident.
They point out that only vegetarian food is allowed in the rest house and devotees who come to stay here usually fast before climbing up the hill. BJP and Hindu Munnani have taken up the issue and filed a complaint with the police. They sought to take action against the officials and employees for violating temple management’s rule that non-vegetarian food should not be consumed on the premises. They also demanded that action should be taken under the Indian Penal Code for hurting Hindus’ religious sentiments. Hindu activists allege that Vijaya, Assistant Joint Commissioner of Tiruttani temple is not taking action against the accused.