Math, Hindu Religious Institution, Specific Endowment, Temple

to provide for the administration of Hindu retigiotls institutions in the
Union territory of Pondicherry and for matters connected therewith.
BE it enacted by the ,LegislativeAssembly of Pondicherry
in the Twenty-third Year of the Republic of India as
follows :-
Short title, extent, commencement and application.

  1. (1) This Act may be called the Pondicherry Hindu
    &ligious Institutions Act, 1972.
    (2) It extends to the whole of the Union territory of-
    (3) It shall come into force on such date 1 as the Govern-
    . ment may, by notification in the ~ffidialGazette, appoint.
    (4) It applies to all the Hindu aeligious institutions situ-
    ate in the Union territory of Pondichprry.


Definitions. ‘I


  1. In this Ad, unless the contexd otherwise requires,–
    (a) “hard” means a Board of {rustees appointed by the
  • .Government under seclion 4 ;
    (b) “Commissioner” mea-ns the officer appointed under
    section 3 ; – —-
    (c) “Executive Officer”. means 4person appointed under
    sub-section (1) of section 9 ;
    fd) “Government” means the Administrator of
    -Pondic&erry appointed by.the Pre$ident under article 239
    of the Constitution ;
    (e) “math” means a Hindu religious institution with
    properties attached thereto and -pr@ided over by a person,
    the succession to whose office devolv+sin accordance with the
    direction of the founder of the institution or is regkated by ‘
    usage and-
    (i) whose duty it is to engaee himself in &parting
    religious instruction or rendering spiritual service ; or
    to the itxtitution ;
    (ii) who exerdses or claim! to exercise spiritual
    headship~~overa body of disciples1 and includes places of
    religious worship or instructibn dhich are appurtenant –
    1 The Act ‘came into force on the 1st July 1975 #de Notificaton in-Extraordinary
    Gazette No. 66 dated 30-6-1975..
    Exp1anatiw.-Where the headquarters 01 a math are
    outside the Union territory ‘but the math das properties
    situate within the Union territory, control s all be exer-
    cised over the &th in accordancekith the provisions of

this Act ;
within the Union terriotry are conaerhed.
(f) “prescribed” meads prescribed by rule; made under
(g) “Hindu religious institution” or “instijution” means
a math, temple or specific endowment ;
. (h) “specific (endowment” means any /property or
money endowed for the performance of any specific service
or chahty in a math or temple or for the performance-of
any other religious charity ;
(i) “temple” means’ a place, by whatev& designation
known, used as placil of’public religious ;&-ship and dedi-
cakd to, or for the benefit of, or used as Mright by, the
Hindu community or my section thereof as a dace of public
religious worship.

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