[GHHF] Amendment to Endowment Act Passed - Freed 30,000 Temples
from the AP government Control; Fight Continues to Free all Hindu Temples
Significant VICTORY for
Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi and
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, November 19, 2007.
is every Hindu's responsibility to fight for justice, fairness,
equality, freedom, independence from the government control of Hindu
Temples, their lands and revenues. The Temples should be allowed to be
managed by the Hindus themselves. The outrageous discrimination against
Hindu must stop. Hindu should take full responsibility to manage their
Temples. Every single action counts. Every single person can bring
change if we have commitment, faith and determination. We should not be
disheartened with roadblocks
and hurdles as we take up any task to bring about changes. Success
would not come easy. It only comes through hard work, perseverance,
patience, resolve, and endurance. Let us all resolve ourselves to do
some thing to bring change.
As Edward Everett Hale says:
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do .
is our dharma (duty) to protect the impending danger to Hinduism from
within and without. By ignoring and being indifferent, we are
encouraging the injustice to prevail, evil to take it's roots, and
authoritarianism to prevail in the society.
Our greatest treasure, Ramayana talks about our responsibility in Ayodhya Kanda as follows:
If we not fulfill our duty "the
ignoble would resemble the noble, and he who is devoid of honor would
resemble a man of integrity; he who is unworthy would be deemed worthy
and he who is depraved would be considered to be a man of virtue. Hinduism. Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda 109.
The Passage of the Amendment
November 19, 2007.
Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and
Endowments (amendment) bill moved by Endowments Minister J Rathnakar
Rao was passed unanimously (UNI reports).
The Andhra Pradesh State Assembly has unanimously passed the Temple Amendment Bill "Hindu Endowments Act" (Devadaya
Savarana Bill). Over 30,000 temples that are seeking Deepam (lamp) and
Naivedyam (offering to God) are now out of the control of the Endowment
Department (Devalaya Shaka), Andhra Pradesh government. Even the
temples with income less than Rupees 2 Lakhs per annum are released
from their control.
is for the first time in India that a Dharmic Parishat, an autonomous
body consisting of heads of Mathas and Pithas along with Dharmic
thought leaders will take charge of the temple affairs.
is a grand victory for the Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS)
and its supporters. Incidentally this has occured on the day that Sri
Kamal Kumar and his entourage has reached Hyderabad on this padayatra.
This is proof that the Lord himself has participated in this padayatra.
padayatra originated in Basra, Adilabad District (a border town of
Mahrashtra and Andhra Pradesh) and will complete at Tirumala-Tirupathi
Devasthanam, Chitoor District. The padayatra has covered 760 temples, 6
districts and 1400 kilometers over the past 66 days. He has met over
300,000 people on this padayatra so far.
This mail is being sent on behalf of Sri Kamal Kumar Machavolu, General Secretary, Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi.
About Sri Kamal Kumar: Sri
Kamal Kumar has been spearheading the effort to bring awareness amongst
the Hindus, and a change of mind in the government with matters
governing the Hindu temples. This padayatra has reached many hearts and
woken us from the slumber. Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi is
supported by several enthusiasts in India, USA, Canada, UK and other
(Please read below how the Employees tried to oppose it)
Employees of Endowment Department Opposed
HYDERABAD: November 18, 2007. Employees
of the Endowments Department, serving temples and other religious
establishments in the State, went on a pen-down strike for the second
day on Saturday, demanding that the Government give up its proposal to
amend the existing Endowments Act of 1987.
Endowments Employees' Welfare Association, which is spearheading the
agitation, is of the view that the proposed amendments will work
against their interests, apart from jeopardising the system of
maintaining the temples in the State.
association president and general secretary, K. Shobharani and B.
Krupavaram, said they would organise a 'Chalo Assembly' on Monday when
the Bill seeking to amend the Act was expected to be passed in the
said one of the amendments is aimed at reviving a Section scrapped
earlier. Once this was revived, a total of 32,558 temples whose annual
income was below Rs 5 lakhs, would to archakas as a "hereditary right"
together with the funds accruing through hundi/ plate collections,
arjita seva/tonsuring fees, darshan tickets etc. Another change would
seek to pay salaries to employees through a welfare fund and not
through Treasuries as now.
They said if the hereditary system came in, no opportunity would be available to other archaka families in the State.
Even trustees would claim hereditary rights as the definition of "founder" (of temple) was sought to be changed.
V. Soundara Rajan, vice-president, Andhra Pradesh Archaka Samakhya, on
the other hand, described the Bill as "excellent" as the amendments had
been proposed after taking into consideration, the ground realities of
the temple maintenance.