GROSS MISUSE OF HINDU TEMPLES FUNDS BY GOVERNMENTS


         It is really shameful how the state governments take over Hindu temples and misuse the   money the bhaktas put into the Hindu. Lakhs of acres of land, buildings, and farmlands are allowed to be illegally occupied, revenues not collected for years.

       Jewels adorning the Deities, stolen and sold with impunity. Stolen idols are sold to foreigners around the world.

      Tamil Nadu government appears to to have fine tuned the loot of Hindu Temples.

        Pl see the attached article how organised the open loot is.

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HR & CE: Rogue Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu
T R Ramesh
27 Jul 2011

      It is a great irony that a secular Government should deeply embroil itself in the administration and running of Hindu temples and institutions in the guise of supervising the secular aspects of temple administration. This grotesque policy of the Government to
supervise religious institutions applies only to Hindu Religious institutions.Viselike grip on Religious Institutions
By its own account the HR & CE Dept administers (or rather mal-administers):
36,425 temples
– 56 Mutts
– 47 temples belonging to Mutts
– 1721 Specific endowments and 189 Trusts
This has been possible due to Tamil Nadu being ruled continuously by atheists and unscrupulous persons, a corrupt bureaucracy, Madras High Court and above all, stark apathy, indifference and ignorance among Hindus. In recent times, the covert and overt
designs of Christian missionaries and agencies have added to the plight of Hindu temples.
Around 1840, the then British Government started giving up administration of temples. They asked some of the prominent mutts inTamil Nadu to look after some of the important temples and endowments. The Heads of Mutts who were happy to takeover the administration of these temples so that they are run as they ought to be run, were careful enough to get written documents or “Muchalikas” from the British Government, which assured them that they would not take back the temples from the Mutts.
Thus some very important temples came under the complete control and ownership of these Mutts and the Mutts ran them ably andefficiently. The primary purposes of worship and utilization of funds meant for the upkeep of temples and conduct of rituals were never lost sight of by the Heads of Mutts or officers. While a few temples were thus brilliantly administered by the Mutts, thousands of other temples in the then Madras Presidency were handed over to the respective trustees with the then Government playing little or no role in supervising them.

       In 1925, the Madras Hindu Religious Endowments Act, 1923 (Act I of 1925) was passed by the local Legislature with the object of providing for better governance and administration of certain religious endowments. The Act divided temples into what are known as Excepted and Non-excepted temples. Immediately after the Act came into force, its validity was challenged on the ground that the Act was not validly passed. For this reason, the legislature enacted the Madras Hindu Religious Endowments Act, 1926, Act II of 1927 repealing Act I of 1925. This Act was amended from time to time. It is unnecessary to refer to the changes introduced later. Suffice it to say that the Act was
amended by 1946 by as many as ten Acts I of 1928, V of 1929, IV of 1930, XI of 1931, XI of 1934, XII Of 1935, XX of 1938, XXII of 1939, V of 1944 and X of 1946. A radical change was introduced, however, by Act XII of 1935. The Government was not satisfied with the powers of the Board then existing and they clothed the Board with an important and drastic power by introducing a new Chapter, Ch. VI-A, by which jurisdiction was given to the Board to notify a temple for reasons to be given by it.

     Thus, it can be seen that even in the pre-independence era, the Board had systematically consolidated its powers to take over and administer temples. Of course, this despicable intervention by Government applies only to Hindu Institutions.

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