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Protests in Tamil Nadu days after state revokes 'Pattina Pravesam' ban

India Today logo India Today 22-05-2022 Pramod Madhav
Tamil Nadu: Left-wing outfits protest over Dharmapuram Adheenam's 'Pattina Pravesam' ritual Tamil Nadu: Left-wing outfits protest over Dharmapuram Adheenam's 'Pattina Pravesam' ritual

Several Left-wing organisations, led by Makkal Adhikaram, protested against Dharmapuram Adheenam's Pattina Pravesam ritual. The ceremony involves devotees carrying the seer of Mayiladuthurai Dharmapuram Adheenam in a palanquin.

A row had erupted after the Mayiladuthurai Collectorate refused permission for the ritual, citing law and order issues as several organisations had warned of protest against the practice of men carrying a man, calling it regressive. The order also called the practice a "violation of human rights."

It was further alleged that Dharmapuram Adheenam faced protests as he had earlier invited the State Governor RN Ravi for the event which didn't go well with DMK.

The row came to an end following CM MK Stalin's intervention and permission was granted for the ritual by the district officials.

Dharmapuram Adheenam's pontiff Srilasri Masilamani Desigar had also made a request to not politicise the ritual.

"This is a spiritual event and no politics should enter and that's how our Adheenam has also been leading. Same way the event will happen. Preparations are also done for Sivanadiyar (Shiva's devotees) to participate and 27000 shrubs will be planted," stated Masilamani Desigar.

However, on Sunday, a protest was held by various organisations, led by Makkal Adhikaram, against Pattina Pravesam. Close to 50 volunteers gathered near Vijaya Theatre in Mayiladuthurai and held a protest.

Police officials were deployed to ensure that no untoward incident occurred during the procession.

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