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Community Legal Struggle against HR&CE board authorities III

According to the trustees, the suit temple is an ancient temple belonging to Sivakasi Hindu Nadars and no outsider of the community can claim the worship as a matter of right in the suit temple. No doubt, there is no direct document to prove the year of construction of the temple or the year of the origin of the temple and how it was constructed. However, the trustees

very much relied upon by a sale deed dated 11-7-1928. It is a sale deed executed by one Palaniappa Nadar for himself and on behalf of the his minor son, one Subbiah Nadar younger brother of Palaniappa Nadar and Periyaswami Nadar, younger brother of Subbaiah Nadar for himself and on behalf of the minor sons in favour of ten Nadars representing the Sivakasi Grocery Merchants Common Fund Trust in regard to a terraced house in 8th Street, i.e. Subramaniaswamy Kovil Street in Ward No. 4, Sivakasi Town. There is a reference in the said document that the suit property could not be used for individual benefits but should be utilised for Dharma Kariam of Subramaniaswamy Temple in Sivakasi North Car Street. There is no contra evidence to show that the vendees in the said document are the trustees representing the common fund.

Even according to theHR&CE; officers, the suit temple is very ancient and it is over 300 years old. It is the contention of the trustees that in ancient times over 300 or 200 years ago Hindu Nadars were not allowed to enter into a Hindu Temples constructed or founded by other Hindus and that therefore, the Nadars thought of construction of a temple of their own as also they believe in the Hindu Pantheon. Attention was drawn to ancient Nadar Community and ancient times in Castes and Tribes of Southern India by Edgar Thurton and K. Rangachari Volume VI-word "SHANAN" has been discussed and the entire history of Nadar Community is analysed in the said Head. A perusal of the said book from Page 363 ending with 376 clearly show that how they were prevented from entering or worshipping the Hindu Temples Bounded by other Hindus.

In other words, it is seen that in those ancient times Nadars were not allowed entrance into the temples established by other Communities established in Ramnad and Madurai District.

"A great deal of evidence has been adduced with regard to the right of Shanars to enter Hindu temples, other than the their own temple, whether in other parts of the Madura District or in other districts of the Presidency. There is some evidence on defendants' side that Nadars have been allowed to enter certain Hindu temples in Tanjore and Coimbatore districts, and in Chidambaram in the South Arcot district and also at Palani in Madura District, but there is an overwhelming preponderance of evidence on the Hindu Nadar trustees’ side against the existence of any such right in the temples generally in the Madura district.

In the light of the above mentioned observation, it is rightly contended that when once it is found Nadars were solely in management of the temple from time immemorial, it must be held that the temple is solely established and founded by the Sivakasi Nadars and managed by only Sivakasi Nadars and therefore, it is a denominational temple. If it is accepted, then there is no doubt that the temples established by Nadar community is a denominational temple.

Referring to a a printed book called "Sivakasi Anthathi" composed by S. Nammalvar Nadar and published in 1913. wherein from 79th Verse is relied upon to show that Grocery Merchants of Sivakasi were only Nadars and that they established the temple. In another book., "Sivakasi Thala Puranam” by Arunachala Kavirayar, student of Sri-la-sri Namasivaya-desikaswamigal, it is stated that the verses therein were composed at the instance of Shenbagakutti Nadar and with the munificence of Sri Shanmuga Nadar. The under-lined portions in the last two sentences in the above referred verse clearly show that the suit temple was established by the grocery merchants of Sivakasi.

Bsram B


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