Offering worship in their mother tongue was the right of every devotee and they should not hesitate to demand it, said former Judge of Madras High Court A K Rajan while inaugurating the Tamil Renaissance Sangam conference here on Sunday.
An appeal to the State government was made to make Tamil the language of worship in temples under the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. The Sangam also urged the government to take steps to clear legal hurdles in appointing archakas from all communities and to take steps to bring to an end a case pending before the Supreme Court challenging the GO and legislation, providing for the appointment of priests from all castes.
Stating that the use of Tamil in the sanctum sanctorum of temples was in tune with the ideal of creating an egalitarian society as envisaged in the constitution, the Sangam adopted a resolution demanding that the rituals and prayers in temples be conducted in Tamil for the benefit of devotees.
Former Judge of Madras High Court K Chandru delivered the valedictory address and Congress leader Kumari Ananthan addressed the gathering.