Temple property belongs to deity, name of pujari need not be mentioned in revenue records: Supreme Court

The Court ruled that there is no mandate that the name of pujari or manager is required to be mentioned in the revenue records since the deity as the juristic person is the owner of the land.
Hindu Priests
Hindu Priests

The Supreme Court on Monday observed that when it comes to ownership of a land attached to a temple, the name of the presiding deity alone is required to be mentioned while the pujari is only to perform puja and acts as a grantee to manage the property of the deity (State of Madhya Pradesh and Others v. Pujari Utthan Avam Kalyan Samiti and Another).

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