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Temple priest demands apology from Endowments department

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Apr 1 (UNI) The head priest of the Balaji temple in Chilukuru, on the outskirts of the city today demanded an apology from the Endowments department for allegedly mis-interpreting the High Court verdict and trying to take over the temple.

The endowments department recently tried to appoint a trust board for the temple. Mr Soundara Rajan, hereditary priest and a former Professor of the Osmania University met the Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and the Endowments Minister J C Diwakar Reddy and opposed the move of the endowments department to take over the temple.

Both assured him that the government had no intention to take over the temple as it was being maintained well. They, however, said the endowments department was taking the action as per the direction of the High Court.

Mr Soundara Rajan who had filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court, told newsmen that the Supreme Court held that the High Court verdict on a Public Interest Litigation did not stipulate appointment of a Trust Board by the government.

Demanding an appology from the officials of the Endowments department for mis-interpreting the High Court verdict, Soundara Rajan said he would move the High Court in a contempt petition if they did not appologize.

The Chilukuru temple is run by devotees and trustees themselves without any government interference. There is no Hundi and no gifts in cash or kind are received by the temple management. The devotees are not forced to buy magazine. The temple is run only with the proceeds on the sale of the magazine.

Known as "Visa Venkateswara Swamy", the deity believed to bestow whatever the devotee seek. The devotees make 11 rounds around the temple and make a wish. They make 108 rounds when the wish is fulfilled. Most of the devotees are seekers of Visa and hence the name "Visa Venkateswara".


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