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As SC hands over Mahabaleshwar temple to a committee, read how Congress fought against BJP’s effort to free Hindu temples, for their wealth

BJP govt in 2008 had denotifed the Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple, but the subsequent Congress govt had opposed the decision

Shree Jagannath Temple Administration clarifies on selling 35,000 acres land, calls media reports misleading and distorted

"The lands, which are occupied or are under the possession of various persons since long but belongs to Shree Jagannatha Mahaprabhu; are being settled by Temple Committee as per the “Unified Policy”, framed for the purpose in the year 2003," the Temple administration stated.

Karnataka: Authorities issue diktat to private temples to register with govt within a month, warns of action for failure to do so

Private temples in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka have been given a month's time to register with the admin, else govt will take over them

Temples are testimony of pride and knowledge, govt cannot use temple land for any purposes other than religious functions, says Madras HC

Petitions were filed at the HC after temple land was handed over to fishery and transport departments despite objections of devotees

The Ritika Jindal Syndrome: The desecration of the Temple in Himachal Pradesh shows the urgent necessity of reform in public administration

Ritika Jindal received huge praises for breaking an "age old parochial tradition". She also "taught lessons of equality to priests" apparently.

Caretaker and Devotees of Panchbakhtar Mahadev temple in Jammu protest against the construction of multilayer parking and commercial complex on the temple land

Jammu temple devotees and caretaker accuses administration of grabbing temple land to build parking and commercial complex

Vaishno Devi Shrine Board funds were misused for hosting Iftar parties: J and K High Court issues notice on petition against govt control

The petitioners have accused the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board of employing non-Hindus at several administrative posts and actively taking 'effective steps' for the destruction of the sacred landmarks.

Insistence on representation of every caste among the Temple trustees: A colonial idea that endangers Temple tradition

An issue that has come up in this discussion is that question of caste representation among the Temple trustees to avoid caste-discrimination.

Democratizing Temple administration: Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

In the ongoing discussion about state entrenchment in Hindu Temples, we come face to face with the question of what the alternative system would be

People who think govt control of temples will rid them of inter-jati conflict assume that a pro-Hindu govt will always be in power

Viewing it through the single lenses of govt control, though, does not do justice to the various other aspects of society within which these temples are situated

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