‘Threat to future of temple system’

The senior priest in his application pointed out that the Archaka community in Andhra Pradesh had been impoverished due to the draconian Provisions of AP Endowments Act 1987.

By Author   |   Published: 13th Feb 2018   11:26 pm Updated: 14th Feb 2018   1:04 am
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Hyderabad: Convener of Temple Protection Movement Dr MV Soundararajan on Tuesday filed an application with the Supreme Court seeking permission to file a review petition on a previous order related to introducing AP Endowments Amendment Act 8 of 2014.

In a press release, Soundararajan noted that “bringing about the AP Endowments Amendment Act 8 of 2014 will be detrimental to the very future of the temple system in the whole country.”

Soundararajan in his petition urged the Court to give a decision in the interest of the temple system at large and protect the rights of devotees who are entitled to their temples free from politicisation, corruption and commercialisation.

In the petition, the senior priest said there was a need to find out an alternative system with autonomous status for the maintenance and supervision of temples in Andhra Pradesh.

The senior priest in his application pointed out that the Archaka community in Andhra Pradesh had been impoverished due to the draconian Provisions of AP Endowments Act 1987. There had been no serious attempt to constitute the Andhra Pradesh Dharmika Parishad with eminent devotees which was envisaged as a policy-making body with due representation to all stakeholder devotees, he said.

“The affairs of Hindu temples should not be in the hands of the government machinery as this will eventually lead to the destruction of the temple system in our country,” he said.