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Karnataka govt won’t take over temples, religious institutes: Minister

india Updated: Oct 25, 2016 13:54 IST
PTI
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Rudrappa Manappa  Lamani,Karnataka government,Veerendra Heggade

Minister for Muzrai (Religious Endowment) Rudrappa Manappa  Lamani said that the state government does not want to intervene in the administration of religious institutions.(Photo: Karnataka department of handloom and textiles website)

The Karnataka government has no plans to take control of temples or ‘maths’ in the state, Minister for Muzrai (Religious Endowment) Rudrappa Manappa Lamani has said.

He was speaking to reporters after attending the 49th anniversary function of the ascension of Veerendra Heggade to the post of ‘Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari’ atDharmasthala in the district on Monday.

Lamani said there wasno proposal before the government to appoint an endowmentofficer to control the Sree Ramachandrapura Math at Hosanagarin Shivamogga district.

He said an individual had filed a public interest litigation in the Karnataka High Court regarding the math and the statecounsel would give the government’s opinion in this regard.

The government do not want to intervene in the administrationof religious institutions, Lamani said, adding that there are no plans to take control of Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatheshwara temple in Mangaluru.

He said committees were being formed to manage temples under the Muzrai department.

The courts had stayed the formation of committees in six out of the 60 temples under the department and the process would be completed soon after clearing the hurdles.

Religious councils are also being formed at the district level, the minister added.

First Published: Oct 25, 2016 13:54 IST