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Subramanian Swamy said in a video that God owns the temple, and the pundit only acts as a 'trustee'. Is this validated by the Hindu scriptures? Also, assuming it is validated, is this applicable to all Hindu temples?

Can a private person, a private group, or a public entity like a government not own a temple?

This question discusses various other aspects of a temple without going into property rights.

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A temple is among few such places that does not have any owner. This is according to Usana Smriti. So, Mr Swami is right with what he said.


Forests, mountains, sacred shrines, sacrificial places, all these are described as having no owners. No one has any right of possession over them. (16)

Usana Smriti (or Samhita); Chapter 5; Verse 16

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