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Bengaluru: High Court quashes Yeddyurappa-led BJP govt’s order on Gokarna temple

Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (DC)

Bengaluru, Aug 11: An order by the then B S Yeddyurappa-led BJP government dated August 12, 2008, denotifying Gokarna Mahabaleshwara Temple from the control of department of Muzrai and handing over its administration to Ramachandrapura Math, has been quashed by the High Court.

The order was quashed by the a division bench of Justices B V Nagarathna and Aravind Kumar of the High court on Friday August 10 stating that state has no power to do so and that order passed is illegal and arbitrary. The court has ordered that the temple to continue to be listed among the notified temples under the Muzrai department.

The state government has been asked to form an overseeing committee headed by the Uttara Kannada deputy commissioner (DC) which will come into effect from September 10. The DC has been directed to collect inventory details of movable assets and bank records of the temple and submit it before the court in two weeks time.

The decade-old dispute has finally come to an end. The BJP government had justified the order saying that the temple had been under the control of one individual for five decades and had seen no development. The JD(S) and Congress had termed the handover as vote bank politics and unwarranted.

Gokarna Mahabaleshwara Temple trustee Balachandra Deekshith and others had approached the court on the issue.


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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 12 2018


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  • Srinath Rao, Udupi

    Sun, Aug 12 2018

    Yeddy is the corrupt politician Karnataka has ever seen.He handed over 10 crore cheque to the same Raghveshwara sree for GO sammelan when Yeddy was CM.This was tax payer's money.The GO sammelana was such a low key affair with expenditure with a few thousand rupees at the most (and definetly not even in Lakhs).Yeddy wanted to placate some voters of Shimogga and he did the same by handing over Gokarna temeple which was running very well with lots of tourists coming to this temple.High court did the right thing...the entire Gokarna people are pleased with this decision.....

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  • Aubb, India / Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 12 2018

    What happened to Chaddiappa's transfer order of Annamalai....??

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  • RK, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 12 2018

    All religious centre should be controlled by government

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  • MOHAN D.KUMAR, Kanekarabettu,MANGALORE

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    State Government Muzrai department also control all Asta Matas of Udupi......

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  • H. Siddhanti, Udupi/Washington DC

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Is the Ramachandrapura mutt is the same where the accused rapist is the swamy? Remember that he escaped because the DNA evidence was thrown out (wonder why). The temple is really saved by the high court.

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  • mahesh, udupi

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    I am a regular visitor to this temple. . Many of the Daiji readers does not know the fact. When Ramachandrapura Math was handed over the temple, Swamiji made sure that every day at 11 am Anna prasadam Starts for every devotee who comes to this holy place. The temple premises is very clean now. Toilets also very clean. Temple staff give respect to each and every devotee who comes here. Just check Subrahmanya temple(Govt Undertaking). How the temple staff behaves. They think that they are superior from GOD. Crores of Rupees earned by the GOVT from temples. But nothing is provided to devotee. Lets see what happens next.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Ramachandrapura Math Swami is facing two charges of rape and murder of his disciple is the leading figure who organised 'Gar Raksha' invited fanatic organisation from all over India is the BJP's face for vote bank polarisation.

    When the Swamiji is facing charges the party provided him legal assistance and even force five judges to recuse from this case. This first time in the history were matching DNA sample in the crime is thrown to dustbin to clear the Swamiji who has political inclination.

    As someone is rightly said Gokarna temple belongs to the Royal families. But people know very little about history always support the party without any thought.

    I welcome this decision by the court which liberated the temple from tainted Ramachandrapura Math.
    Jai Hind

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  • P Ballal Shetty, Moodubelle

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Good decision. Gokarna temple was built by Kings and various endowments were made by various Royal families. Now that monarchy is not there the government is the owner. How can a temple be handed over to some private mutt? It was a ridiculous decision by yeddyurappa.

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  • Satya, Dubai

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    BJP please involve in countries development not interfere in religion.
    Hinduism is oldest religion in earth and will last till this earth lasts.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Religion was created by Man,
    I hope I have answered your Question ...

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  • Praveen Lobo, Bangalore

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Hinduism is oldest religion but Hindus should not be old. They have to update themselves. At the stone age people used to eat meat without cooking. It doesn't mean that since it is old need to be followed. I am not against the old religion but the old rituals, practices which are not required as per our common sense need to be avoided.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 11 2018

    Another setback for BJP ...

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