Various state governments through their respective Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE) Acts have assumed financial and management control of thousands of Hindu temples across India. They did this under alleged accusations of mismanagement of funds, other than carrying forward the legacy of the British Raj when such acts to control funds of Hindu institutions were enacted. It is worthy of noting here that no other religious institution (barring Jain institution, as by legal definition Jains are Hindus) — Churches, Mosques, Gurudwaras belonging to Christian, Muslim and Sikh practitioners respectively, despite their scale or similar accusations of mismanagement of funds, have been brought under acts similar to the HR&CE Acts issued by various states all over India.
Our temples are controlled by the govt but religious institutions of other faiths are allowed to operate freely under the same constitution, because they are ‘minority’ religions in India. To restore the sense of pride among the Hindu society, the community should have control over schools, temples and family and that can happen only when legislature agrees to amend Articles 26-30 of the Constitution.
The Supreme Court judgment on Chidambaram Natarajar temple brought to end more the tussle between the State and priests over temple administration. There can be NO takeover of Hindu temples without substantial proven mismanagement. Takeover is only to cure the mismanagement – limited purpose and limited period of operation.