Maharashtra Govt thinking of take over Shani Shingnapur shrine, locals oppose

Devotees need to note the adverse effects of Government’s taking over temple management and oppose such decision in lawful manner !

Scams worth billions of rupees have been unearthed so far in management of temples taken over by the Govt. and the Govt. has taken decisions against Dharma. Even then, why BJP Govt., which is supposed to be pro-Hindu Govt., is taking such decisions causing harm to Dharma ? Will the Govt. realize that temples should be managed by devotees as per Dharmashastra ? – Editor, Dainik Sanatan Prabhat

Nevasa (Nagar) : Shani Shingnapur shrine will be taken over by the Government as shrines at Shirdi and Kolhapur have been taken over and the Chairman and trustees will be appointed by the Government at Shani Shingnapur. Soon, a proposal will be put up in the meeting of cabinet ministers. The above information was given by State Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis to English media-persons. The local residents of Shani Shingnapur are against such decision. (Govt. is interested in the money collected in temples; therefore, it is taking over management of one temple after another. Has the Govt. shown guts to take over management of any mosque or a church ? The Govt. is probably afraid of its outcome in case they did so; therefore, it doesn’t dare to takeover mosques or churches. Hindus, however, do not say anything and the Govt. knows it. Hindus need to oppose, in lawful manner, such decision so as to bring change in the existing condition ! – Editor, Dainik Sanatan Prabhat)       

1. The Government is going to appoint executive officer, Chairman and trustees after taking over Shani Shingnapur shrine and for which it might have to amend the Constitution of this shrine.

2. As per the existing rules, only a domicile of Shani Shingnapur can be appointed as trustee on this temple; but under the new rules, any person from the State can be a trustee of this shrine.

3. Applications were received by Charity Commissioner from 104 local residents for trusteeship of Shani Shingnapur Devasthan. They were interviewed and 11 local residents got a chance to be trustees on the board of this shrine.

4. Tradition followed by this temple since the year 1963 will be broken because of such decision and there could be opposition to Government from the village where the shrine is located.

5. There are severe differences about Shani Shingnapur among political parties; but there is likelihood of their coming together on this issue since as per the Constitution of the shrine, only a person from this place can be a trustee of this Devasthan. The Government will have to amend Constitution of this Devasthan through Law and Justice Department before taking over management of this Devasthan and will have to take approval of the cabinet of Ministers.

Do not break the tradition followed for last 55 years at Shani Shingnapur shrine !

Shani Shingnapur is a unique village on the world-map and for last 55 years, trustees have been appointed locally. The Government should not break this tradition; else local residents will oppose such decision. – Shri. Balasaheb Banakar, Sarpanch, Shani Shingnapur

Govt. should respect traditions followed at this place !

The Devasthan is committed to provide facilities to all devotees and it has undertaken various activities for social welfare of people.  We are not aware of any such decision taken by the Government; but it should respect traditions followed at this place. – Shri. Appasaheb Shete, Trustee, Shanaishwar Devasthan.

…else HJS will come on streets to stage agitations ! – Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

News about Government’s decision to take over the famous Shani Shingnapur shrine in Nagar District has been published. Maharashtra Government has so far taken over managements of more than 3000 temples including those at Pandharpur, Shirdi, Tuljapur Kolhapur etc. Corrupt activities of Government officers in managing these temples are known to all. Hundreds of acres of land owned by these Devasthans, ornaments offered by devotees worth crores of rupees have been misappropriated by them. Many such cases have been exposed by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). Investigations into ‘Pashchim Maharashtra Devasthan Samiti’ and ‘Shri Tuljapur Devasthan Samiti’ are conducted by State Crime Investigations Department and investigations are going on for many years. In fact, many senior officers are involved in the scams; therefore, the Government is deliberately delaying conducting inquiry. If the Government officers were going to manage the temples in such corrupt manner, does the Government have moral right to take over temples ? Presently, Government is eying rich temples which have huge properties. Political leaders with their never-ending thirst for money and selfishness treat the temples as their grazing grounds.

Many big mosques and churches, Wakf Boards have properties worth billions of rupees in this State; but the Government takes over management of only Hindus’ temples and never shows guts to take over religious places of non-Hindus. Is this secularism of the Government ? We demand that the Government should hand over management of all temples to devotees and take stringent action against guilty in temple-scams; else HJS will come on streets and oppose the Government.

– Shri. Sunil Ghanavat, State Coordinator, HJS, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh

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