A division bank of Judges N Kirubakaran (since retired) and B Pugalendhi noted that there are various types of religions and beliefs in different countries. Places of worship change according to culture and religion, but only the local language is used to perform heavenly service in these places.
“However, in our country, it is made to believe that only Sanskrit is the language of God and that any other language is not equivalent. Without a doubt, Sanskrit is an ancient language with a huge ancient literature.
The belief is spread in such a way that only if the Vedas are recited in Sanskrit, the Gods he will hear the prayers of the devotees, ”observed the judges.
Referring to various ancient literatures showing the importance given to Tamil hymns in temples, the court said that therefore only one language can be said to be the language of God. If Tamil hymns cannot be used in temples located in Tamil Nadu, they cannot be used elsewhere.
The judges ordered the state government to form a committee of Tamil scholars and devotees to identify and consolidate important and ancient Tamil hymns.
Upon receiving the report, the state government will make a decision regarding the date from which consecration ceremonies will be held in Tamil or giving equal importance alongside Sanskrit, the judges said.
The court approved the order by disposing of a public interest litigation filed last year by D Ponnusamy from Chennai who sought a direction to conduct the consecration ceremony of the Pasupatheeswarar Temple in Karur district in Tamil.