Letter to CM Shri Jagan Mohan Reddy on banning non-Hindu at Hindu temples

GHHF earnestly request the government to follow the principle that state and religion are separate and should not be mixed

Letter to CM Shri Jagan Mohan Reddy on banning non-Hindu at Hindu temples
Letter to CM Shri Jagan Mohan Reddy on banning non-Hindu at Hindu temples

Do Not Meddle in Hindu Temples and Hinduism; Address our Concerns Honestly and truthfully

Dear Sri Jagan Mohan Reddy Garu,

It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, status.” Swami Vivekananda

On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF), I feel it is my privilege to applaud and congratulate your bold, appropriate and timely decision to announce that non-Hindus will not be allowed employment at Sri Venkateswara Temple and all the Temples it manages. We are also glad to know that those who have converted to Hinduism will be allowed to stay in the job while others will be removed.

Chief Secretary Sri LV Subrahmanyam said that non-Hindus “can’t continue with the job and will not be given an important post because it will hurt the sentiments of Hindus.” Those converted employees should leave their jobs immediately. He also announced that surprise checks will be conducted at the homes of employees to verify whether they are Hindus or non-Hindus.

GHHF earnestly request the government to follow the principle that state and religion are separate and should not be mixed. The government should not interfere with religious institutions. Government has no authority to sell the lands, tamper with the rituals, and divert funds for other purposes. Government is only a custodian, not the owner of Hindu Temples. Many government officials think that the Hindu Temples are the government property. Let us pay close attention to GO No 298 dated 18-08-2015 which states as follows: “Hindu temples and their properties are not Government properties. These temples have never been constructed by the Government with taxpayer’s money. They were built only by Hindu philanthropists, Mutts, Peethams, Zamindars, etc. since ancient times. Government is only acting as a sacred trustee of temple property and has brought the Endowment Act permitting itself to administer the Hindu temples for the benefit of Hindu society. Hence, under no circumstances, Hindu temples can be treated as Government property.”

GHHF requests you to address the concerns we expressed to see that the Hindus are not treated unfairly, Hindu Temples are not managed by non-Hindus, Hindu Temple lands are not taken over by the government as an excuse to distribute to poor

With this backdrop, GHHF wants to request the government to follow certain principles, ethic, and dharma. Hence the following list is prepared for your serious consideration to preserve the integrity of Hindu Temples and their sacredness.

GHHF requests the Government to Ponder and Implement.

1) Please make sure that non-Hindus are not employed in any of the Hindu Temples managed by the State. Develop a mechanism to identify them, and either ask them to leave or transfer them to other jobs.

2) As the Chief Secretary said that a coordination committee / Vigilance Committee should be appointed to check the working of non-Hindus in temples and to oversee the strict implementation of government orders about non-Hindus working at different levels in any of the Hindu Temples.

3) If an employee of a Hindu Temple would not honestly report his religion and found him to be lying, he should be immediately removed from his job. Also, criminal action should be taken against this employee for lying, deceiving the government, tampering the sacredness of the Temple, and hurting the sentiments of Hindus.

4) Non-Hindus should not be allowed to operate either shop or lease vacant lands. No contracts should be given to non-Hindus to procure materials either for puja items, prasadam items, or decoration items. No contracts for the construction of the buildings and flyovers, or pavement of the roads.

5) When Sneha Lata was caught going to Church in TTD vehicle, controversy erupted. Following the outrage from Hindu community, TTD identified 44 non-Hindus. Endowment Department wanted to transfer them to other departments. The high court gave a stay order in February 2018.

We request you to take up this issue at the High Court and see that the Stay Order is lifted.

6) We request the government not to use Hindu Temple lands to distribute to others or to use it for government purpose. Under any circumstances, Temple lands should not be sold or distributes. Temple lands are not the property of the government. It is the property donated by our forefathers with a vision to protect Hindu Temples for their maintenance.

Dr Manmohan Singh sent a memo to “All District Collectors” on 04.07.2019, saying that Honorable Chief Minister wishes to distribute 25 lakh house sites to landless poor. He asked them to identify the lands village-wise including “Endowment lands, which the temples / the choultries are willing to auction with the permission of Hon’ble High Court.” When you say Temples/choultries willing to auction, it raises several questions. It is understood that the Temple Boards will have to decide whether to sell or not. Since these Temple Boards are appointed by the government, they can be forced to accept the government request and may be forced, directly or indirectly, to identify the land for auction.

If the Temple lands are taken by the government, it is tantamount to closing the Temples with sinister intention. The lands are their future guarantee for their continued functioning of the Hindu Temples.

7) On 30-08-2019, Rc.No.M2 of Endowments Department stated that the Temple lands should not be taken forcibly for house sites. But, “The proposals to take Endowment land will be considered by the District Authorities only when the Executive Officers/Trustees/Archakas give the proposals for sale of unused and wastelands, after due consultation at the temple level.”

Executive Officers are appointed by the government. They are there only to please the present government. They only execute what is decided by the government. This is not the way to submit proposals. If no Hindu leaders or organizations are not allowed to express their views, the decision to sell any property will be considered an attack on Hindu Temples and Hindus.

The memo also mentioned that proposals will be considered “after due consultation at the Temple level.” We all know that all Temple level personnel are appointed by the government. How many of them will have the courage, guts and even knowledge about Hindu Temples to express their wishes against the government’s interest?

If they are really independent and express their views, they will be transferred overnight and bring only those who listened to the government. We can give many examples to testify to this fact.

We request you to immediately scrap this idea of acquiring Temple lands whether they are not in use or wastelands. Who is going to determine which land is waste? There is no such thing as wasteland. It is because of the government’s indifferent attitude toward Hindus and Hindu Temples, these lands were not allowed to be used. The lands that are not being used due to raucous government policy; one cannot define them as wastelands.

8) Christians and Muslims have more lands that can be identified and distributed to the landless poor. Why the memo by Dr. Manmohan Sing did not mention the lands of other faiths? Where is dharma – righteousness? How is it moral to exploit only Hindus?

9) The Government should investigate and find out how many acres of Temple lands have been used by the government or distributed to others. This report should be made public and see what course of action should be taken to replace these lands for those respective Temples.

10) The government should also look at the landholdings of Christians and Muslims. A cursory look reveals that the Catholic Churches alone have more lands than all the Temple lands put together. Why their lands cannot be taken to distribute to landless poor?

Christians own more lands only next to the Government of India. Chief Minister should take all the lands he needs from CHRISTIANS and distribute housing sites. But unfortunately, there is no oversight of Church holdings, they are a state within a state. Their allegiance is only to Pope in Rome, not to the Indian government. Government after the government did not even bother to look at their holdings and see how they can help the landless poor.

11) Investigations must be conducted to find out how many Hindu Temple lands are encroached by others and see how we can recover those lands. Any structure built on these lands should be demolished and use that land for Hindu Temples purpose only.

12) Government over the years have sold thousands of acres below the market value. Following a full investigation, we should recover the full price from them or recover those lands for the Temples.

13) All Hindu Temples must keep a record of all Jewelry and other valuables. Periodic verification should be conducted to make sure they remain intact. In the case of missing jewelry, the person responsible for managing these valuable should be accounted for. Strict enforcement of the law to remove him from the position and initiate criminal proceedings against these individuals. If there are no punitive actions against these individuals, it is very difficult to keep track of these valuables and properly accounted for. Fear of consequences will prevent the missing of the jewelry.

14) Hindu Temple money should not be used to support the activities of other religions such as Hajj pilgrimage and Jerusalem pilgrimage. How is it justified to fund their pilgrimage?

15) Hindu Temple money should not be used for secular activities, for the construction of roads, highways, flyovers, etc. It should be used for renovation, maintenance of other needy Temples, priest salaries and building more Temples in Dalit communities,

16) The government should not pay the salaries for the Imams, Mullahs, and Pastors. We should strictly maintain the integrity of religious institutions. Politics should not be mixed with the treasury of the state and favor certain religions.

17) In a recent announcement, it was announced the government will reserve 50% positions for SCs, BCs, and STs in the Trusts and Boards of the Temples. Unless a GO is issued by saying only Hindu minorities will be appointed, many non-Hindus may be appointed to maintain Hindu Temples. We request you to clarify and make sure that an announcement is made to the effect that only Hindus will be appointed.

18) Punitive actions must be specified to all the Endowment Officials for their neglect in enforcing the government guidelines in operating the Hindu Temples and in monitoring the employment of non-Hindus at Hindu Temples.

19) We sincerely hope that you would not announce schemes without examining the consequences of these schemes to the welfare of the state. For example, your announcement to distribute 25 lakh housing sites to landless poor is unfortunate and without any consideration for the viability of the state. Not knowing where the land is available, one should not announce these schemes for the sake of appeasement.

As you are aware that Article 26 of the Constitution of India guarantees every religious denomination the right to their religious affair.

GHHF requests you to address the concerns we expressed to see that the Hindus are not treated unfairly, Hindu Temples are not managed by non-Hindus, Hindu Temple lands are not taken over by the government as an excuse to distribute to poor, Temple Boards or Trusts are not filled by non-Hindu SCs, STs, and BCs, divert Hindu Temple money for other religions and punitive actions are developed to prosecute Government officials who deliberately defy the guidelines.

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

Dr. Prakasarao Velagapudi went to USA in 1965, completed his PhD degree and worked in academia before retiring in 2006. He was fortunate enough to get involved in various religious and spiritual activities over the last 35 years. He was one of the Founding members of Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi (HTSM) and served as its President from 1986 to 1991. During this period, 7000 square feet Hindu Temple was built and consecrated in 1990 with Lord Venkateshwara as the Moola Murthi. He is the Chairman of Datta Yoga Center since 1993. He moved to Frisco, TX in May 2009 to help coordinate the planning and Construction of 32,000 square feet Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple on a ten-acre lot with a budget of about 10 million dollars. Five feet Marakata (Emerald) Hanuman was installed in the Temple in 2015. He conducted several tours and lectured on various aspects of Hinduism to the Americans, high school students and college students who visit Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple. In 2006, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) was started by a group of highly professional people in USA with the sole objective of freeing the Hindu Temples from government control and protecting Hinduism. Serving as President of GHHF since its inception. Conducted numerous programs with Dr. Subramanian Swamy in India and USA over the last ten years. Awards Received: Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhuta Datta Peetham awarded “VISHWA HINDU” title in December 2013 in the presence of Sr. Subramanian Swamy in Mysore. NATS awarded the title of “Spiritual Seva Leader,” Yuva Kalavahini conferred the title “Swami Vivekananda Excellence Award” and TANA issue Distinguished Service Award. TTD and Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust invited to attend “Dharmic Sadassu” in 2015 and 2017 in Tirupati. Bhaarath TV recognized his service to Hinduism and conferred “Dharma Premika” award in February 2017 in Hyderabad. Articles Written: He has written more than 1125 articles that are published in SAVETEMPLES website. Please visit the website for more information: savetemples.org
Prakasarao Velagapudi


  1. Jagan himself is a Christian. Recently there was a news about Christian and Islamic messages printed on the backside of Tirupati bus tickets. This could not have happened without the approval of someone in the Andhra government. I really doubt Jagan would do anything good for the Hindu community.

  2. Jagan has a golden opportunity to correct the wrong done by his father of converting Hindus and he should enact law freeing the Hindu temples from govt control and cancelling non Hindus appointments ,not allowing non Hindus directly or indirectly to share the properties of temples or rituals which will go long way to enhance his secular image. He should also not use govt funds to distribute freebies to especially other religions as the amount is the tax paid by every one.

  3. The naked audacity of the CM to establish a Christian supremacy in the state which he seems to be a part of his family fiefdom mist be fought in the court demanding inter alia the removal of the govt and imposition of the President’s Rule.

    The Christian agenda to convert Hindus to Christianity has become too dangerous for the existence of this country’s sovereignty.

    It is suggestive that the corruption charges against the Church’s representative are hibernating without any action.

  4. Beautiful sirs…
    Wish this is listened to by all governments in India…
    Hindu temples were not built by government tax money…then why meddle with it?
    Free Hindu temples…
    India cannot progress with its temples chained by government…
    No chandrayan can be successful if Surya n Chandra are kept in darkness in temples…


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