When the Government takes over Hindu temples, the temple money is deposited with the Government, and the temples have to sell their property during financial crisis. Realising this, Hindus should now become active to stop the Government take-over of the temples !
Kollam (Kerala) – To overcome the severe financial crisis due to COVID-19, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has decided to sell all the extra lamps and traditional brass utensils in the temples under the Board. The auction procedures are progressing.
The Travancore Devaswom Board expects to collect a huge sum by selling tonnes of these lamps and utensils.
The Travancore Devaswom Board has started collecting these valuables from all the 1,248 temples under its control. However, certain Temple Advisory Committee members have stood up against taking away the valuables which have been donated by devotees.
Travancore Devaswom Board responded that these actions have nothing to do with Temple Advisory Committees. Travancore Devaswom Board had tried to proceed with a similar action in the Year 2012 also. However, they had to halt it following protests from the Temple Advisory Committees.
Various Hindu organisations like the Hindu Aikya Vedi and the Antharashtra Hindu Parishad ( AHP) have filed a petition in the High Court challenging the Board’s decision to auction the temple lanterns, brass materials that are kept at the various temples and also the decision to segregate precious metals like gold and silver from the non-usable metals.