Staff Reporter

  • The Mutt used to administer Tirumala temple till 1933
  • Its property is spread over 1,000 acres in Tirupati

    TIRUPATI: With mahant Arjun Dasji assuming office as head of Hathiramji Mutt, a centuries-old religious institution based at Tirupati, a glimmer of hope is emerging on the possibility of recovering the precious landed property worth several hundreds of crores of rupees across the country, currently in the possession of private individuals.

    The Mutt, which used to administer the Tirumala temple since 1843 AD and till the time the TT Devasthanam was formed in 1933, went into the hands of the Endowments Department 25 years ago.

    With this, the Mahant's role remained confined to the religious activities sans any administrative control.

    Court ruling

    It was only five years ago that Mahant Arjun Dasji moved court seeking control over the Mutt, pointing out the gaping holes in the Endowments machinery and its failure to curb encroachment of its properties.

    With the High Court and Supreme Court rulings coming in the Mahant's favour, the Endowments officials handed in charge to Arjun Dasji on Thursday.

    The landed property of the Mutt spread over 1,000 acres in Tirupati, Mumbai and other places, are valued at a mind-boggling figure.