Andhra Pradesh HC resolves dispute over making decoration to Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devastana

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The High Court noted that “The petitioner has also completed 37 years of service as Arkaka, Upa-Pradhana Archaka and Pradhana Archaka. It also appears from the documents available on file that the petitioner was performing the Alankarana at the Ammnavaru and also obtained the title of “Alankara Kala Samrat”. Therefore, it appears that the petitioner has fully immersed himself in the service of the ammavaru deity and is the Pradhana Archaka descended from the hereditary Pradhana Archaka family and, therefore, the petitioner is entitled to the claim requested.

In view of the above, the High Court granted the Petition and ordered Defendants Nos. 1-3 to assign tasks to the Petitioner to perform the Alankarana (decoration) of Kanaka Durga Ammavaru in Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam , Indra Keeladri, Vijayawada, Krishna Quarter.

Case title:

Bench: Judge K. Manmadha Rao

Quote: WRITTEN PETITION No. 9998 of 2021

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Recently, Andhra Pradesh HC resolved the dispute over the decoration of Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devastana.

The bench of Judge K. Manmadha Rao observed that the Applicant is fully qualified to function as an Arkaka and Pradhana Archaka in accordance with the qualifications prescribed under the provisions of the PA Hindu Religious and Charitable Institutions and Endowments Act 1987.

In this case, the family of the applicant has been playing the role of Pradhana Archaka in Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devastanam, Indra Keeladri, Vijayawada for more than two centuries. The 3rd respondent informed the claimant orally that the functions of decoration of Ammavaru (Alankarana Seva) were not attributed to the claimant, then he took steps to maintain him in this position.

Motion was filed to declare the action of the 3rd defendant as highly arbitrary, unlawful in rejecting the assignment of duties to perform the Alankarana decoration of Kanaka Durga Ammavaru to Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam Indra Keeladri, Vijayawada and lead defendants 1 at 3 to assign tasks to the applicant to perform the Alankarana decoration of Kanaka Durga Ammavaru.

The question to be considered before the bench was as follows:

Was the Respondent’s action in refusing to assign functions to carry out the decoration arbitrary or not?

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The High Court noted that “The petitioner has also completed 37 years of service as Arkaka, Upa-Pradhana Archaka and Pradhana Archaka. It also appears from the documents available on file that the petitioner was performing the Alankarana at the Ammnavaru and also obtained the title of “Alankara Kala Samrat”. Therefore, it appears that the petitioner has fully immersed himself in the service of the ammavaru deity and is the Pradhana Archaka descended from the hereditary Pradhana Archaka family and, therefore, the petitioner is entitled to the claim requested.

In view of the above, the High Court granted the Petition and ordered Defendants Nos. 1-3 to assign tasks to the Petitioner to perform the Alankarana (decoration) of Kanaka Durga Ammavaru in Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam , Indra Keeladri, Vijayawada, Krishna Quarter.

Case title:

Bench: Judge K. Manmadha Rao

Quote: WRITTEN PETITION No. 9998 of 2021

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