Hand over temples to seers

Published Sep 21, 2014, 11:03 am IST
Updated Mar 31, 2019, 3:06 am IST
Hindu religious sites should be controlled by seers, says foundation
Nellore: Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and Save Temples Organisation advised the government to bring endowments lands and other assets under the control of Seers of Holy Peetams to prevent misuse of temple properties.Functionary of the foundation and Ghazal exponent, Dr Ghazal Srinivas, made this observation while reminding that government does not have any say in the properties belonging to churches and mosques.
Addressing large number of temple priests during Archakas’ Convention held at Town Hall here on Saturday, the Triple Guinness World Record Holder appealed the government to extend NTR Arogya Sree scheme to Archakas.He also suggested that the government hand ov-er the management of temples with less than Rs 2 lakh revenue to the priests working in such temples. Dr Srinivas has underlined the need for measures to protect the temples, priests and the cows while dwelling at length on the link between the Indian tradition and culture with the temples.
“Can we imagine a country without temples and cows? There were only three per cent sick people among the entire population when people were drinking cow milk and using cow ghee, now 81 per cent of the population is suffering with one ailment or other after ignoring cow products. Scientists have already found medicines for cancer using cow dung and urine, but we are not realising this and watching silently when cows are transported to slaughter house.” Dr Srinivas alleged.
He lamented over government attention towards revenue-earning temples and looking at them as ATM Centres while ignoring the shrines that lack funds for daily rituals.“Even the devotees especially youth also approaching the God for materialistic benefits due to lack of guidance by the parents,” he added pointing to the students bee lining to Chilukur temple for Visas.
Madamanuru Chandra-sekhara Avadhani, Siro-mani Sarma, Machavolu Rajasekhara Sastry, Koduru Ravindra Reddy, Vajju Srinivasa Sarma, Vuchhi Bhuvaneswara Prasad and Balaram Naidu spoke on different issues pertaining to Veda Schools, history of temples, cow protection, temple security and temple lands. Dr Srinivas felicitated 60 Archakas on the occasion.Endowment assistant commissioner Veguru Ravindra Reddy, organisers of the convention Anantha Padmanabha Prasada Charyulu and Mypadu Raja were also present.
Location: Andhra Pradesh