Hathiramji Matham and the devious design of the A.P.Government

The Mahant of Hathiramji Matham has been suspended again. What makes these successive governments take such drastic steps? For vast tracts of land? For the Jewellery of the Tirumala Mandir? Or for alleged land-deals by the Mahant?...

The Mahant of Hathiramji Matham has been suspended again. What makes these successive governments take such drastic steps? For vast tracts of land? For the Jewellery of the Tirumala Mandir? Or for alleged land-deals by the Mahant?...
The Mahant of Hathiramji Matham has been suspended again. What makes these successive governments take such drastic steps? For vast tracts of land? For the Jewellery of the Tirumala Mandir? Or for alleged land-deals by the Mahant?...

Now Hathiramji Matham has been appropriated so the government could have absolute control over the Mandir. There are some puzzles around the devious plot of the successive governments.

Mahant Sri Arjun Dass Ji, the Mahant of Hathiramji Matham has been suspended again. First by the Naidu Government on 10-07-2003 and now by the Jagan Government on 28-01-2020. What makes these successive governments take such drastic steps? Is it for the control of vast tracts of land? The Jewellery that never was under the control of the Matham since the takeover of the Tirumala Mandir by TTD? Or the same alleged land-deals by the Mahant which was also one of the reasons for his suspension by the earlier Government?

The book lists the descendants of Parikshit and their total rule for 2663 years, 20 Chola kings, Salivahana I, 12 each of Ven(Hun?), Kotanan and Pandya Kings, 14 Yadava Kings, Oraganti Pratapa Rudra, Balle Rao (Ballala?), Ana Vema Reddy, 26 Raya Kings (including Sri Krishnadeva Raya), 10 Mohammedan rulers.

The reason for suspending the Mahant is different. The Government won’t admit it. The real reason is to retain the Government control on the Mandir, permanently. If Tirupati is not returned to the rightful Vicharanakartas, Kainkaryakartas, Tirupati Jeeyars, Archaka Mirasidars, etc., the Hindu Society can forget the return of its Mandirs to the society. I have in an earlier article explained how the Naidu government laid the foundation to this by retiring the Pradhana Archakas from the 4 families that served the Bhagawan for 40 generations[1]. The Archaka Mirasi, Gamekars were earlier abolished by the Government.

The Tirumala Jeeyar has been rendered functionless except as an ornamental-head during His daily Jeeyar darshan during Sathumurai and other major Utsavams. Now Hathiramji Matham has been appropriated so the government could have absolute control over the Mandir. Before I go into piecing together what I see as the devious plot of the successive governments including this, let me give a background of Sri Hathiramji Matham and the connection it has to the Tirumala Balaji Mandir.

Sawal-e-Jawab:

Sawal-e-Jawab is a unique record published in Fasli 1213, ie., 1801-02 C.E. in question & answer format in Telugu. An English Translation of a part of this book was made by Sri V.N. Srinivasa Rao and was published in 1950. Sri Srinivasa Rao laments in the preface that “So far no authorised account containing the entire material has been made available to the public by the Devasthanam authorities. The Government has been equally reticent about the publication of the wealth of material that should be available with them, not only this, they have been refusing access to these records even to research scholars”. I have managed to get a xerox copy of the book in Telugu recently.

The various rulers of the territory in which the Mandir was situated:

While the book doesn’t record the exact year of the construction of the Mandir, it gives the names of the rulers and the number of years of their reign, under whose patronage the Mandir was. It lists out the kings right from the Mahabharata War, from Parikshit to the Moghul rulers, East India Company and the number of years the Mandir was in their respective control. It might come as a surprise to most readers as it did to me that the Mandir was in shambles and was first renovated and consecrated by Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit. The book lists the descendants of Parikshit and their total rule for 2663 years, 20 Chola kings, Salivahana I, 12 each of Ven(Hun?), Kotanan and Pandya Kings, 14 Yadava Kings, Oraganti Pratapa Rudra, Balle Rao (Ballala?), Ana Vema Reddy, 26 Raya Kings (including Sri Krishnadeva Raya), 10 Mohammedan rulers. A list of 119 rulers totaling a reign of 4902 years.

Around 1500 CE, Hathiram Bavaji, a North Indian Bairagi had Bhagawan Balaji come in his dream and beckon him to Tirumala. Hathiram Bhavaji arrived at Tirumala and instantly became an ardent devotee of the Bhagawan Venkateswara.

The Nawabs and the East India Company:

The Mandir came under the Nawab of Carnatic. The Nawabs collected an annual income of TWO LAKH RUPEES from the renters and excess income of the Mandir in the 1700’s. Sawal-e-jawab records: The last of the Nawabs, “Muhammad Ali, the patron and protégé of the East India Company assigned the revenues of the Temple to the East India Company for restoring his authority in the Carnatic as a sure source of discharging his dues to the Company”. This was between 1744 and 1750 C.E. Muhammed Ali also had assigned the country around the Mandir to East India Company and on 31st July 1801, the direct management of the Mandir was taken over by the East India Company. (Another version says: On the close of Fourth Mysore War in 1799 and after the death of Mohammad Ali in 1795 and his son in 1801, the company made an agreement with Mohammad Ali’s second son, Azim-ul-Umra, in July 1801 by which he handed over the entire political sovereignty over the Karnatic to the East India Company in return for a fixed stipendiary allowance). Thus from 1748 i.e. middle of the 18th century, the East India Company came into possession of the income of the Tirumala Temple of Sri Venkateswara and later it took over the direct management of the temple at the beginning of the 19th century when they arrived at an agreement with Mohammad Ali’s son[2]. The East India Company as Sri Srinivasa Rao writes in the Preface of his book: “The first collector of North Arcot District was Mr. Stratton, who was then styled Collector, Western Poliams, made exhaustive inquiries not only about the territory entrusted to him but also about the history, tradition, and resources of the Temple. He asked a series of questions on all aspects of its administration and answers were furnished by those in the actual management of the affairs of the temple and information gathered from these questions and answers is locally known as the “Sawal-e-Jawab” account. He constituted the country around Tirupati into a Taluk and the Tahsildar of Tirupati was in direct management of the Temple which was expressed by the term “Amani” as against the previous practice of farming out the revenues to renters annually”.

Hathiram ji Matham in brief:

Around 1500 CE, Hathiram Bavaji, a North Indian Bairagi had Bhagawan Balaji come in his dream and beckon him to Tirumala. Hathiram Bhavaji arrived at Tirumala and instantly became an ardent devotee of the Bhagawan Venkateswara. Bhavaji set up an Ashram near the Temple which later became the Hathiramji Matham. It is believed that Bhagawan Balaji played dice with his ardent devotee, Hathiram Bhavaji.

How the head of Hathiram Ji Matham come to be Dharmakartha/ Vicharanakartha of the Mandir:

A Judgement in O.S. No. 51 of 1937 dated 15-6-1942 on the file of Subordinate Judge, Chittor records that after the East India company appointed the Tahsildar of Tirupati to manage the mandir, and on account of the dispatch of the Court of Directors that the Government should not have anything to do with Temples and the places of Religious resort of the Hindus, the management of the Temple was handed over to Sri Mahant Sevadoss, the then Mahant of the Hathiramji Matham. (This was during East India Company, British Christian rule, while our secular governments/pseudo-Hindu governments indulge in every dirty trick to takeover new Mandirs and to hang on to existing ones) Mahant Sevadoss executed a Vicharaka to the Government. The Government also granted a sannad to Sri Mahant Sevadoss Ji transferring the management of the Mandir to the Sri Mahant of the Hathiramji Mutt who was to be called the “Vicharanakartha” (Dharmakartha) of the Temple.

To be continued… 

Note:
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

References:

[1] Tirumala Issue – Major Allegations and The way forwardJun 23, 2018, PGurus.com

[2] ibid-P454

S V Badri

5 COMMENTS

  1. Unless the Hindus take control of all temples, the loot will continue and the antihindu forces will destroy Hinduism along India. BJP govt should enact law liberating all temples from govt control and handing over them to the trust boards where peethadhipathis will be members. Govt should also expedite population control bill along anti conversion bill.

  2. Don’t be misled by BJP heads targeting congress…
    They just want to create sympathy for them…
    They have helped them in all corruption cases… N have saved them …
    These fight outside just to fool Hindus…

  3. Saraswati Puja processions – a person was killed…
    Check out hindupost….

    Why no bjp leader is taking this up in parliament…
    When a muslim (robber) was beaten in west bengal, some congress MP took it to parliament…
    Why is bjp anti hindu like congress ?
    No educational policy..
    No RTE amendment
    No freeing of temples (conversion loss for churches n Money loss for government??)

    Even in case of Kashmir I doubt because if they had trifurcated n given a portion to Jammu Hindus fine…
    But they always want Hindus n muslims to overpower or fight with each other…
    So they bifurcated…
    N gave land to ladakh..
    (People say it’s budhists who live there…
    But I doubt if Christians live there…)
    They are easily given a cake…

    All colleges should be nationalised which were started in British period… because they have given temple lands (loyalo college, chennai — agastheshwar temple lands)
    To run missionaries…

    If India is secular give equal rights to all educational institutions…why special concern for terror funding minority institutions?

    Why north east us kept free (Christian population) …. If special privileges to Jammu was scrapped so should north east be too…
    But amit shah says he will not disturb north east special rights…

    Amit shah recently inducted a christian person in cricket BCCI or something… Now only christian groups or converts will get to play the eleven…
    Missionary agents have started a lot of cricket coaching centers… So that they can easily send their people in…

    Movie industry, educational institutions, sports, hospitals…. All under missionaries domination… In bjp (I mean only the heads ) rule ?

    The followers are all true Hindus in BJP but the heads are missionary agents…
    Why no corruption cases against congress n DMK ?
    Because they are interlinked….

  4. Jughead thinks he can be in power always…
    People should be made to know about these things…and protests to free temples from government control should be made.
    When people protest for harmless things like CAA n NRC…
    How can Hindus stay silent when their temples are looted while churches and mosques are patronised?

    Also in Kerala , pinarayi has been wanting to take over all Aiyappa jewels …
    Earlier he wanted to have an exhibition…

    Now due to some unwanted elements within the pandalam kings family they have a case in supreme court n courts have asked the government…

    What should the courts do ? They should have given a plan (like allowing double lock or some other security measure so that all important members should be present when jewels are handled) or asked them to resolve among themselves..

    Already we have lost a lot by giving control of temples to government…

    I guess it’s a treacherous plot by non Hindus…to create some confusion in temples by name sake Hindus n taking it to courts n with the help of their paid judges (not all… There are still a few good ones left) take over temples n hand them over to government…

    Who allowed jagan(Jughead) to construct Tripathi temples all over India ?
    In tamilnadu?
    Did he get permission from Hindus…
    Was there an open to see function (prasannam) which asked the permission of balaji to construct identical temples in India…
    It’s done to loot temple wealth n give it to christian contractors of their choice…to build temples…

    Hindus are responsible for temples and even if it’s the construction of a small roof…
    government should let people of that area know their willingness… Who are government officers to decide ? They should ask the permission of God before using his money for infrastructure or buildings…

    People of that area or who visit should be consulted and when they can take money from temples it’s a rule that they put a notice board of all temple properties , the proposed plans n details of the contractors…

    Jughead is supported by amit shah…
    He sends his favourite prashant kishore to nitish kumar, Jughead n now anti hindu DMK…yet they claim they work for hindus…
    Now to help Kumaraswamy to dethrone eduyurappa…

    Hindus should know that bjp heads are Congress people in disguise… To fool Hindus…

    No corruption cases are taken forward ..

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