Karnataka government withdraws circular on temple bells

BJP MPs raised the issue in the Legislative Assembly and said it has been a tradition to use bells and conches in temples and homes during pooja for thousands of years.

BJP MPs raised the issue in the Legislative Assembly and said it has been a tradition to use bells and conches in temples and homes during pooja for thousands of years.

Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra has informed the Legislative Assembly that the Department of Muzrai and Endowment has withdrawn a circular addressed to temples on regulating the sounding of bells.

When the subject was brought up by CT Ravi and Ravi Subramanya during zero hour, Mr Jnanendra said that the police department had not issued any circulars on the regulation of noise caused by bells in temples. The circular issued by the Muzrai department has been withdrawn, he said.

Earlier, Mr. Ravi and Mr. Subramanya raised the issue and said that it has been a tradition to use bells and conches in temples and homes during pooja for thousands of years. “Based on what complaint do the police send notices to temples? Who is hatching a plot to stop the sound of bells and conches,” Mr. Ravi asked the government.

Police had started issuing notices to temples following instructions from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board regarding violation of noise pollution standards under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. It is said that a priest from Dodda Ganapathi and other Basavanagudi temples in Bengaluru had received notices from Basavanagudi police. In the advisory, priests were told not to exceed the prescribed decibel limits.

Earlier, police sent similar notices to mosques on azaan (call to prayer). Notices to places of worship followed a directive from the Karnataka High Court on noise pollution.

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