Karnataka Govt. hands over control of Prasanna Sri Subramanya temple to Samputa Narasimha Matha



Source: http://templesofkarnataka.com/navigation/details.php?id=123Latitude 12.610678 North
Longitude 76.086909 East Elevation 799.696289 Meters Above MSL Place Ramanathapura Taluk Arkalgud District Hassan State Karnataka

This is good news.

“We want the Secular Government to release all religious endowments from its hold,” says the Tirupathi declaration (see below).

Take over of religious institutions in perpetuity is violation of Article 26 of the Constitution. The temples belong to the people and should be handed back to them by the governments which have illegally taken over control and bureaucratised the management under institutions such as Hindu Religious Endowment Boards or Muzrai Departments.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy should succeed in wresting control of Chidambaram temple to the Dikshitars. See: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.com/2011/07/chidambaram-temple-podu-dikshitars.html

Article 26 Constitution of India. Freedom to manage religious affairs.-

Subject to public order, morality and health, every religious denomination or any section thereof shall have the right-

(a) to establish and maintain institutions for religious and charitable purposes;

(b) to manage its own affairs in matters of religion;

(c) to own and acquire movable and immovable property; and

(d) to administer such property in accordance with law.

Tirupathi Declaration

Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a group of all Mathadhipatis Headed by H. H. Vishveshwara Thirtha Shripadaru Pejawar Math and other sadhus, in a meeting at Tirupathi on July 15, 2006, issued the following declaration. “We Hindus assembled here declare that we do not support directly or indirectly any group, institution, religion, media or political force which preaches, practices or works against Hindu Dharma in this country. We appeal to all Hindus in this country and elsewhere to subscribe to and support this declaration, the Tirupathi Declaration. We want all the Hindu Religious endowments to be managed by Hindu Bodies, and not by the Government. We want the Secular Government to release all religious endowments from its hold.”


Published: November 15, 2011 08:46 IST | Updated: November 15, 2011 08:46 IST

Sathish G. T

The Bharatiya Janata Party Government has denotified the Prasanna Sri Subramanya temple at Ramanathapura in Arkalgud taluk and handed it over to Sri Samputa Narasimha Math at Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada district.

The Government issued an order to this effect on August 16 and it was published in the State gazette dated November 3.

The 17th century temple that was under the control of the Muzrai Department is now in the hands of the math from the Dwaitha tradition of the Madhwa sect.

Request from the math

The temple, which attracts thousands during the rathotsava in November or December, was notified under the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Act, 1997 in April 2003.

According to the gazette, the Government’s decision to denotify the temple was based on a request from the Sri Samputa Narasimha Math and a report from the Arkalgud tahsildar.

The math claimed the temple was built by its 14th pontiff, Vibhudesha Tirtha, in the 17th century and had been in its control since. A copper plate inscription in its possession supported this claim, the Government Order says.

Although the tahsildar found no record to substantiate the claim that the temple was allotted to the math, the temple has been looked after by the math since olden days, he reported. Besides, the order adds, the tahsildar’s report notes the appointment of a supervisor (parupattedara) to the temple made by the math in 1985.

Considering these observations, the commissioner of the Muzrai Department ordered the denotification of the temple.

‘Mistake rectified’

Vidya Prasanna Tirtha, present pontiff of math, told The Hindu over phone that the temple had been under the management of his math for centuries. However, the State Government had erroneously notified it.

“All these years, the math made appointments to the temple and conducted religious programmes. The temple was under the Muzrai Department only on record for the past few years,” he said.

He said the temple was notified along with other temples in Ramanathapura by mistake. While the Agasthyeshwara and Rameshwara temples in Ramanthapura are under the department, the Prasanna Sri Subramanya temple belongs to the math.

“We appealed to the Government to rectify the mistake. The Government responded positively,” he said.



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