TRICHY: The body of
Lakhsmana Narayana seer of Srirangam Balahari Purushothama Ramanuja
mutt, who passed away in Kolkata on May 6, created a flutter in
Srirangam on Wednesday over a dispute whether the mortal remains could
be buried inside the mutt. The body of the seer was brought from Kolkata
to Chennai on Tuesday night, and taken to Amma Mandapam in an
The disciples of the deceased insisted that the body be buried inside the mutt, but the authorities of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments
department objected, saying the mutt housed the Perumal temple.
Srirangam tahsildar Rengarajan said it was either a Christian or Muslim
tradition to keep a body inside a place of worship for rituals, and was
not acceptable in the Hindu dharma.