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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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  • Just asking, there were Vanavasis who lived in Forests and Mountains and Sastras recommend them to live so, so if Kings or any others enter they will have to pay tax to them and take resources of forests by paying them right – Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Apr 30 at 5:41
  • Did not understand your question. Who are required to pay taxes to whom?@SethuSrivatsaKoduru – Rickross Apr 30 at 5:43
  • The people who come to forests and buy things from it to the vanavasis – Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Apr 30 at 5:45
  • As shown by the verse forest resources belong to God. So I don't understand why pay taxes to the Vanavasis. The Vanavasis don't own the forest resources. @SethuSrivatsaKoduru – Rickross Apr 30 at 5:48
  • Then how do they own money Dont they sell honey, lac etc all – Sethu Srivatsa Koduru Apr 30 at 5:48

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