The Plight Of Hindu Temples In India.

1.Hindu Temples are discriminated against compared to those of the Minorities and are subjected too many harassments.
2.Government Control of Hindu Temples is a violation of Religious rights and Secular nature of India.
3.Hindu Temple Priests under Secular Government : A Case of Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram, South India.Artilcle by M.Tanaka,Kyoto University,Japan.
An excerpt from the second link in item 3 above:-
"The temple is now taken over by Government of Tamil Nadu under Sec 45 of the T.N. HR & CE Act. This has however been challenged by the Podu Dikshitars. The Podhu Dikshitars are a religious denomination as observed by the Madras High Court in 1951. They are entitled to carry on the administration since Article 26 of the Indian Constitution and Section 107 of the T.N.HR & CE Act prohibit government intervention in the administration of Denominations. The case is now currently (April 2010) pending before the Supreme Court of India. Podhu Dikshitars have refused to hand over any charge to the Executive Officer appointed by the HR & CE Commissioner. The Executive Officer has installed hundials (donation boxes) in this ancient temple, against the temple traditions. He also installed modern High Mast Lamps in this heritage site. He proposes to introduce Archana tickets and Darshan tickets. All these actions have been opposed by the Podhu Dikshitars and the devotees. However, the procedure for rituals are still managed by Dikshitars."
What is a Denomination?
Denomination is an established religious group, which has usually been in existence for many years and has geographically widespread membership. It typically unites a group of individual congregations into a single administrative body. Denominations differ greatly in the sharing of power between individual congregations and the central authority.
4.The Religious Endowment Act.
Section 12 Of The Religious Endowment Act.
5.Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Act (HRCE Act) of 1951, state governments have appointed managers to the boards of temples in the name of better administration, while mosques and churches are completely autonomous. 
To be continued.......

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