Freed 30,000 Temples from the AP government Control

19 Nov 2007 1881 Views

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.

Dear Friends: It 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.

It 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. The 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. It 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. This 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. This 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 countries.


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