Madurai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High court today directed the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment and those persons in the possession of a site where the samadhi of famous Vaishanavite Saint Sri Manavalamanunigal lies to allow people to worship at the site near Kollidam river in Srirangam temple town.
Justice S Tamilvanan and Justice V S Ravi gave the interim direction on a petition filed by one Govinda Ramanuja Dasa who said the samadhi was in a dilapidated condition and there was no access to the site for the people to worship.
The Judges issued the order after the Advocate Commissioner S Lakshmikanth, who was asked to inspect the site, gave the report stating "there are certain structures in a dilapidated state, which is evident from the photographs taken."
The site of archaeological importance had been destroyed. The structures are in a dilapidated state and there was a deity in the place and worshipping was done earlier, the report said.
There was also a temporary structure of Manavalamanunigal statue in the site. There was a pathway owned by the temple and it could be opened, it added.
There existed a worshipping place in the site, which needed to be renovated, the report had stated.
The Judges, however, said that no construction work should take place till the civil dispute regarding the ownership of the site was decided.