How to break coconut in temples, how to perform aarti… Court cannot interfere in such matters: SC


The day-to-day customs of the temple are not something that constitutional courts are involved in. The Supreme Court said this while hearing a petition alleging irregularities in worship rituals at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near Tirupati today.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said, “How can the courts intervene on how to pluck the coconut? How to perform the aarti? Temple customs are established practices. Such issues cannot be dealt with by courts.”

“If there are issues in the administration like discrimination or not allowing philosophy, the courts can intervene,” the Chief Justice said. The Chief Justice directed the temple administration to respond to the petitioner within eight weeks, if there are any such issues.

The Tirupati Thirumala Devasthanam (TTD), which oversees the administration of the temple, had earlier filed an affidavit in the top court stating that the correct checks and balances have been initiated by His Holiness Ramanujacharya to ensure that the Vaikhanas Agam seva/festivities are strictly organized.


It further said that the rituals are performed with utmost sincerity, faith and devotion by the religious staff and other priests of the temple. The petitioner Srivari Dada had argued that the issue pertains to fundamental rights.

In the last hearing in September, the Chief Justice advised the petitioner that as a devotee of Lord Balaji, he should show more patience. Chief Justice Raman had said, “You are a devotee of Lord Balaji. The devotees of Balaji have patience. You do not have patience.”

The top judge had also pointed out that his family was also a Balaji devotee. Chief Justice Ramana had then said, “I, my brother, my sister, we are all Balaji devotees.”


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