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Belur temple asks Muslim seller to leave shop in temple premises

The governing committee of the 12th-century Chennakeshava Temple of Belur in the Hassan district of Karnataka has issued an eviction notice against a Muslim vendor who ran a shop on the premises of the shrine. According to a Times of India report, the seller has been running this store for a few decades.

On March 28, 2022, the Executive Officer of Vidyalatha Temple served the notice on a Muslim vendor selling children’s toys. The trader has been requested to stop trading activities with immediate effect. The seller responded to this review the same day. In his response, the seller requested permission to continue his trade until next year, when the agreement with the temple authorities will end.

The toy store in the Belur temple complex is run by a Muslim shopkeeper. Image source: Times of India

Temple executive Vidyalatha said: “The notice is issued under the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Foundations Act 2002, which prohibits the letting or letting of premises in a temple complex to non-Hindus. I sent our supplier’s response to our commissioner.

There are 17 shops in the Chennakeshava temple complex. Among these shops, there is a hotel, a milk stand, godowns and some other shops. The temple falls under the department of Karnataka Muzrai and is expected to be recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The annual procession of floats from this temple is scheduled for April 13-14, 2022.

The move comes as several temples in Karnataka decided not to allow non-Hindus on their premises. Two weeks ago, the Marikamba temple in Shivamogga banned Muslim vendors from the annual fair. A similar decision was taken by the Hosa Marigudi temple in Kaup, as the temple committee decided to only allow Hindus to stand at the annual ‘Suggi Mari Pooja’ event. This was done after several Muslim shopkeepers closed their shops in protest against the Karnataka High Court ruling on the hijab issue.

Reacting to the development, the Karnataka government had clarified that the temple committees were right because according to the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act 2002, non-Hindus cannot do business in and around the premises. Hindu religious institutions. When Congress demanded action against Hindu temples for not allowing non-Hindus to do business on their temple premises, the Karnataka government said the government could not interfere in the decisions of temple committees. , in accordance with the law. Justice Minister JC Madhuswamy had also informed that the law had been enacted by a Congress government.