Hindu temple lands up for secular grab?

published on May 13, 2012

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board of TN govt
administers over 35,000 Hindu temples. These temples and Mutts in Tamil
Nadu own 5,00,000 acres of agricultural and other lands. Non receipt of 
proper  rent or revenue from the lands affects the temple rituals and
festivals. Also, the Tamilnadu Housing Board has planned to acquire the
temple lands for construction of houses/plots.

 But the Madras High Court
has passed an order on a public interest litigation petition by the
International Sri Vaishnava Dharma Samrakshana Society; the order has
taken note of the irregularities in the administration of temple
property. Meanwhile, disturbingly, the HR&CE Minister has informed
in the State Assembly that  a database of 4.78 lakh acres of temple land
is being built.

All these goes to prove that a secular govt. in
administering Hindu temple properties is highly objectionable as shown
by an incident last week when the dead body of a vaishnavite saint (Sri
Balahari Ramanuja Mutt, Trichy), had to be at the kept on the road
because permission to perform the last rites inside the Mutt was refused
by HR&CE which administers the mutt of the seer.

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