Registration of private temples: VHP demands Karnataka government to withdraw circular | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has demanded the BJP government in Karnataka to immediately withdraw a circular that mandates registration of all temples, other than those under the Muzrai department, in the state.
VHP South Zone president M B Puranik and Mangaluru division president Sharan Pumpwell told reporters on Thursday that the government issued a circular on November 4 making registration of all temples, other than those under the Muzrai department, mandatory as per the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Act. “Officials have started serving notices to the management of private temples seeking compulsory registration. The government should immediately stop the process and withdraw the circular,” Puranik said.
The then Congress government in the state had issued a circular in August 2015 mandating registration of all private temples, he said adding that the Muzrai department has issued circular again based on the previous one. “The circular mandates that all private temples should disclose details of movable and immovable properties (gold, silver ornaments and other valuables), annual audit report etc within a month. The circular also warns action against the temple management if the information was not furnished.
This is an effort on part of the government to interfere in all private temple affairs. Thousands of Hindu temples under private management in the state are engaged in educational, social and other charitable activities. The circular is an effort to bring all temples under the government’s control,” he said urging the government to review its decision.

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