‘Respect to work place, no offence to secularism’
Chennai: Observing that Ayudha pooja is
referable to reverence or respect given to objects through
which a person performs his occupation, the Madras High Court
has held that "showing respect to the place of work and the
objects of work will in no way offend the feeling of others or
Dismissing a PIL, a division bench of justices R Sudhakar
and Aruna Jagadeesan of the Madurai bench said an individual
showing respect to his occupational tools could not be said to
offend the secular nature of the state.
"Ayudha puja is referable to prayer, reverence or respect
given to objects through which an individual performs his
profession or occupation. Ayudha puja in its real terms
transcends all religion," the bench said.
Petitioner SP Muthuraman had sought a direction to the
Tamil Nadu government to prohibit all religious activities
such as Ayudha puja and Saraswati puja within the precincts
of government offices, and referred to representations made by
him and also a 1993 government order and an April 22, 2010
Justice Sudhakar, who wrote the judgement, observed,
"Irrespective of religion, Ayudha puja is a reverence shown by
cobblers, weavers, farmers, autorickshaw drivers, rickshaw
pullers, carpenters, shopkeepers, chartered accountants,
advocates, doctors, housewives, drivers, etc to objects which
they use to earn their livelihood.
"Similarly, Saraswati puja is referable to showing respect
to education, knowledge and the script."
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