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SC Upholds the Right of Travancore Royal Family Over Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 14 Jul 2020 8:38pm

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On 13 July 2020, the Supreme Court upheld the right of the royal family at Travancore to manage and control the affairs of Sree Padnabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The verdict resolved the dispute on whether the power to control the Padnabhaswamy temple vests with the Kerala government or the Travancore royal family.

The order was passed by a division bench of Justices Uday Umesh Lalit and Indu Malhotra, wherein, it was held that the death of the last ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore does not affect shebaitship of the royal family over the deity, and it will survive as per custom.

The Bench ruled, “We hold that the death of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma who had signed the Covenant, would not in any way affect the Shebaitship of the Temple held by the royal family of Travancore; that after such death, the Shebaitship must devolve in accordance with the applicable law and custom upon his successor; that the expression “Ruler of Travancore” as appearing in Chapter III of Part I of the TC Act must include his natural successors according to law and custom; and that the Shebaitship did not lapse in favor of the State by the principle of escheat.”

The family had suggested that the powers to administer the temple could be delegated to an Administrative Committee, under the Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act (TC Act). The said Administrative Committee comprises:

  1. Chairman - A retired IAS officer of the rank of Secretary to the State Government, nominated by the… Continue Reading...

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