TV9 - Maragatha lingam Missing In Madurai Mutt : "Maragatha Lingam" - Part 1...!
A PIL filed in the Madras high court wants the Tamil Nadu government to take interim custody of the Madurai Adheenam and probe and recover a priceless emerald lingam that had gone missing from the mutt.
It also wanted the court to direct the freezing of bank accounts of the mutt and police protection for devotees to ensure they had a free and peaceful puja at the mutt. The PIL was filed by M Jagathalapradapan before a division bench of Justice R Banumathi and Justice B Rajendran at Madurai on Tuesday. It will come up for admission on Friday.
The PIL submitted that ever since a junior adheenam was anointed for Madurai Adheenam several unwanted things started happening at the mutt, where puja and other religious works had taken a back seat. It said Nityananda and his associates had moved to Madurai after some controversies at their Bidadhi ashram in Karnataka.
The PIL said that under the guise of modernization of the mutt, several valuable, historic symbols, seals and portraits from the 1,500-year-old Adheenam had been taken away. "It is painful to submit that a maragatha (emerald) Lingam worth several crores of rupeesis missing from the mutt," it said, adding that no complaints had been made about the loss.
Outlining the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department's jurisdiction over the mutt the PIL wanted the government to take a suitable action.