DMK op­poses shift­ing of 6 ‘theerthams’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Mem­bers of Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam (DMK) staged a protest on Sun­day against the shift­ing of six ‘theerthams’ in the Sri Ra­manathaswamy tem­ple.

Led by K. E. Nazar Khan, Rameswaram DMK town sec­re­tary, about 200 party vol­un­teers staged the protest in the Ag­nitheertham sea af­ter blind­fold­ing them­selves and blow­ing conches, al­leg­ing that the shift­ing of the theerthams to the sec­ond cor­ri­dor was against ‘agama sas­tras’.

Mr. Khan said the tem­ple au­thor­i­ties had shifted the theerthams, ig­nor­ing the re­li­gious sen­ti­ments of thou­sands of pil­grims.

The DMK, though be­lieved in ra­tio­nal­ism, has taken up the ‘theertham’ is­sue for the cause of pil­grims, he said. The protest was also against the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for re­mov­ing the shops around the tem­ple.

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