Against fire­works ban, says board man­ag­ing 1255 tem­ples

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Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram: Amid grow­ing clam­our for ban on tem­ple fire­works dis­play in Ker­ala af­ter the Kol­lam tem­ple tragedy, the Tra­van­core Devas­wom Board that man­ages about 1255 tem­ples in the state, said on Mon­day it was not for a com­plete ban on such dis­plays. Pra­yar Goa­palakr­ish­nan, pres­i­dent of TDB, said the board was against ban­ning py­rotech­nics dur­ing tem­ple fes­ti­vals as they are part of rit­u­als.

“But it should be as per the re­stric­tions of gov­ern­ment and court or­ders with suf­fi­cient safety mea­sures”, he told PTI.

“In many tem­ples, burst­ing fire­crack­ers is a part of rit­u­als and we can­not ban it,” he said. The board has is­sued an ur­gent cir­cu­lar to all tem­ples un­der it, di­rect­ing that the fire­work shows should be car­ried out in com­pli­ance with rules and reg­u­la­tions. Board mem­ber Ajay Tharayil, how­ever, said he was in favour of a ‘to­tal ban’ on ma­jor fire­works. Mean­while, M Kutty, pres­i­dent of the Thiru­vam­badi Devas­wom, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the fa­mous Thris­sur Pooram to be held on April 17 said, “We will be con­duct­ing the fes­ti­val, ob­serv­ing all le­gal for­mal­i­ties.”

Fire­works fes­tiv­i­ties can­not be can­celled, he said, adding that it was an age-old tra­di­tion. Ker­ala chief min­is­ter Oom­men Chandy had said on Sun­day that the gov­ern­ment could im­pose reg­u­la­tions on the dis­play of fire­works but can­not ban them. Hin­dus­tan Times

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